Constantly throwing your computer across the room because of super-slow Wi-Fi? Well, that's definitely not gonna fix it. But a new technological development called Li-Fi is 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, and might actually solve your problem. And no, nobody here's actually trying to sell you anything. So rest assured this isn't an informercial.
New Li-Fi technology can send information using light, and is currently undergoing preliminary tests at office spaces in Tallinn, Estonia, potentially getting Li-Fi into the hands of consumers within the next three to four years. With this visible light communication system, you could download high-def video in a couple of seconds. In fact, it boasts speeds of 224 gigabits per second, which is like, really, really fast.
Keep in mind that this technology may not totally serve as an alternative to Wi-Fi. But, it's believed that the two systems could work together to bring faster Internet to all, which sounds like the ending of a nerdy Christmas movie. But in reality, would be pretty great.
Li-Fi would also improve network security and energy conservation. For one, light won't go through walls, which means better security. Also, lighting and wireless could be powered together, cutting down energy use. All good things.
So rejoice! Your illegal streaming just got a lot easier. Just kidding. That's wrong.
Just kidding. It did just get easier.
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Kara King is a News Writer at Thrillist and slow Wi-Fi will be the death of her. Send news tips to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her at @karatillie.