'Wireless' 2Mbps Internet Using Blinking LEDs

The amount of freedom we have with our laptop computers these days compared to a decade ago is remarkable. Thanks to Wi-Fi and even more so now with 3G networks, we can access the internet from almost anywhere. But what if all those electromagnetic waves are undesirable to you? Then perhaps blinking lights are more to your liking.

Chinese scientists have demonstrated a wireless networking method which uses blue LEDs that transmit data by modulating flicker rate. The LED lights can double as lighting as the blinking is imperceptible by the human eye.

The speed so far achieved through blinking lights is 2Mbps, which is quite sluggish by today's other wireless standards. Also, instead of worrying about radio signal interference, now the concern will be the blocking of light transmission.

Still, it's an interesting concept. Read more from the Beijing Times.

(Via Engadget)

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  • N.Broekhuijsen
    stridervm it's not so practical as LED's have generally low lifespans especially when they're almost always blinking.
    What planet are you from?
    LED's have amongst the longest lifespans of any bulb on this planet.
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  • Verrin
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    But what if all those electromagnetic waves are undesirable to you? Then perhaps blinking lights are more to your liking.


    Uh, aren't "blinking lights" still emitting electromagnetic waves? =p
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  • Blessedman
    ??? LED's have generally low lifespans? I was under the impression that LED's had the highest lifespan of all lighting methods.
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  • stridervm
    Great, more ammo for the paranoid... Saying they're sensitive to lights, so no net based on LED's...

    Seriously..... Although it sounds cool, I think it's not so practical as LED's have generally low lifespans especially when they're almost always blinking.
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  • N.Broekhuijsen
    stridervm it's not so practical as LED's have generally low lifespans especially when they're almost always blinking.
    What planet are you from?
    LED's have amongst the longest lifespans of any bulb on this planet.
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  • Blessedman
    ??? LED's have generally low lifespans? I was under the impression that LED's had the highest lifespan of all lighting methods.
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