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Lightbulbs to Replace Wi-Fi Connections?

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It appears that engineers at Boston University have developed LED lights that allows visible light to transmit information rather than radio waves. They call it “smart lighting” and LEDs replace wi-fi connections and are supposedly more secure and even faster than current technology running between 1 to 10 MB per second.

They say you’ll be able to walk into a room and communicate with all of your electronics by flipping on a light switch instead of having tangled cords and all you’ll have to do is replace your current light bulb with a smart light (and yes, it provides light too). So maybe Back to the Future wasn’t a complete pack of lies?

Lani is the COO and News Director at The American Genius, has co-authored a book, co-founded BASHH, Austin Digital Jobs, Remote Digital Jobs, and is a seasoned business writer and editorialist with a penchant for the irreverent.



  1. Matthew Hardy

    January 8, 2009 at 4:35 pm

    I dunno… I kinda miss PhoneNet. 😉

  2. Ben Goheen

    January 8, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve heard these will save roughly 1.21 gigawatts of power each year in the US.

  3. Lani Rosales

    January 8, 2009 at 4:51 pm


    Hippies’ chakras in major danger when unavoidable LED light replaces wi-fi. Not a joke, this is for real. How will the “hippies” block the LED lights, carry umbrellas or wear a tinted hazmat suit? Poor hippies.

  4. Jack Leblond

    January 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    I’ve heard that there are certain people that like to surf certain sites in the dark – bummer for them.

  5. teresa boardman

    January 8, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    The symptoms they are all complaining about are from being on the internet not from the wireless

  6. Ken Brand

    January 8, 2009 at 7:37 pm

    Amazing stuff. I read in Scientific American magazine that really smart women and men in white coats, toiling in underground laboratories, have discovered a way to impregnate Botox with nano wifi receptors. In the future your placid forehead will act as a wifi receptor-antenna and your pulsing veins will conduct and transmit bits and bits through your fingertips, connecting directly to any digital wireless device you touch. It’s crazy.

  7. Missy Caulk

    January 8, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Sounds good to me!

  8. Thomas Johnson

    January 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    “How will the “hippies” block the LED lights?”

    Tin foil hats, of course.

    Having just come through the aftermath of Ike, and still dealing with it, do we really want our whole livelihood dependent on the electricity grid? I am trying to figure out how to ease myself off the grid.

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