By all appearances, the Oledcomm MyLiFi appears to be an adjustable aluminum LED task lamp, an assumption almost completely correct. But there’s a bit more behind this task light designed by Pierre Garner of eliumstudio for Oledcomm: it’s also capable of transmitting an Internet connection solely using light.
Light Fidelity, also known as Li-Fi, is an innovative wireless technology invented in 2005 by Oledcomm founder, Suat Topsu. Theoretically, it promises connections speeds of up to 13 MB/s download and 10 MB/s upload using light emitting diodes (LED) in lieu of standard wi-fi routers. Li-Fi operates by modulating light emitted by an LED light at an imperceptibly fast rate; these light signals are received by a dongle and translated into into the data that eventually draws up what we see and hear on our screen while browsing the internet.
By nature of the technology, the Li-Fi equipped lamp also eliminates electromagnetic emissions. And because a signal requires a line of sight of the light emitted, networks can’t be intercepted as easily as traditional WiFi networks.
Of course, this light-to-dongle requirement may prove beneficial for security, but it also spells out the limitation of a Li-Fi network: you’re only within internet range while underneath it’s luminescence. Still, the MyLiFi might prove to be one of the first and many iterations of fast wireless internet delivered by light – think bus stops, offices/studios, public venues, or even inside autonomous vehicles. Expect to see the first MyLiFi lamp available this spring, starting at $840 via official distributor, Global LiFi Tech.