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The Metro – LiFi is shown in a phone for the first time
Rob Waugh – The Metro
The internet could be about to get a lot faster – as a company showed off super-fast ‘LiFi’ built into a laptop and phone for the first time. Instead of Wi-Fi radio aerials beaming data, computer-controlled LED bulbs flicker invisibly, beaming out something like super-fast Morse code.
The company launched its LiFi-XC product in October 2017, but it’s never been built into gadgets before.
The team performed the world’s first skype call on a LiFi enabled mobile phone to an audience at their stand at MWC.
CEO, Alistair Banham
‘These two new integrated examples point to the future that LiFi will provide. We see LiFi connecting every device and everyone. ‘Today we’ve proven we’re clearly on the way to realising that vision.’
Co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer Professor Harald Haas
‘This is what we have been waiting for the past 16 years. This will truly enable the fourth industrial revolution by providing the nervous system of wireless communications connecting everything. LiFi is ready for real integration.’
The technology began to make waves after scientist Haas of the University of Edinburgh discussed it in a 2011 TED talk. It has been viewed 2.2 million times. Technologies based on LiFi are currently being developed by several companies in Russia, Mexico and around the world. Dr Haas has shown that cheap solar cells can be used as a ‘receiver’ for LiFi – and hopes that they could be used as a combined power source/data network in developing countries.
We were also interviewed by a number of other publications over the period of the event so keep your eyes peeled for pureLiFi in the news.