Signify, the company formerly known as Philips Lighting which produces Hue-branded smart lights, has recently announced a new range of internet-transmitting Li-Fi lights called Truelifi.
According to the reports these lights are capable of transmitting data to devices like laptops at speeds of up to 150 Mbps using light waves, rather than the radio signals used by 4G or Wi-Fi. The product range will consist of both new lights as well as transceivers that can be retrofitted into existing lighting. The technology can also be used to wirelessly connect two fixed points with data speeds of up to 250 Mbps.
Most internet-connected devices like laptops and smartphones need an external adapter to receive data over Li-Fi, and even then the signal can be blocked when the receiver is in shadow.
Signify says you’ll need to plug a USB access key into a laptop to receive a Li-Fi signal from its Truelifi products.