Philips tests internet over light waves in a real-world office

by admin March 19, 2018 at 10:49 pm

Philips, maker of some of our favorite TVs and smart bulbs, has developed intelligent light panels that could completely change how we access the internet in the workplace and at home. 

In a press release today, Philips Light revealed its new Li-Fi technology. Unlike Wi-Fi, which transmits and receives data via radio waves, Li-Fi generates a two-way broadband connection via light waves, and it supposedly can reach speeds over 100 times faster than Wi-Fi.

The Dutch tech company has created LED office lighting panels that integrate a specialized modem directly inside the fixture. In an infographic, Philips purports to hit speeds of 30 Mbs of broadband “without compromising light quality”.