Light bulbs inspire boffins to find fast data transfer trick
Many lights make bytes work
Switch a lightbulb on and off fast enough, and you can transmit data without giving everyone in the room a headache.
Regular light bulbs aren't, alas, up to it - they can't be switched on and off sufficiently rapidly - and the scientists found that LED-based lights aren't much better. The team, led by Jelena Vuckovic, were able to increase the data rate significantly by eliminating all but the blue light from the LED's spectrum.
From a few megabits per second they were able to up the rate to around 100Mb/s. Work on the receiver more than doubled that rate to 230Mb/s. Applying modulation techniques will increase the throughput further, by a factor of two, Vuckovic said. ®
Flashing Blue lights
Flashing blue lights in the rear view mirror always give me a headache.
out of interest..
.. how is this so much /significantly/ different to fibre optics and lasers(?) currently in use for data transfer ?
Not dissing the effort, just curious.
If they can find a way to use this technology with some kind of long-wavelength light, which is invisible to the human eye, and which can defract around corners, they will be on to a winner!