LED Bulbs Double As Wireless Access Points

Researchers at Boston University think they'llbe able to combine LED bulbs with wireless networking technology,allowing for nearly complete ubiquity of wireless access points. Thetechnology will be able to communicate data with visible light at up to10Mbps, and can be adapted to existing power lines.

The bulbs will use the same diode for lighting the room andproviding the network connection, flickering, as the Register put it,"like tremendously fast signal lights." Boston U is working on theproject with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of NewMexico with a hefty $18.5m grant from the US National ScienceFoundation.

Source: gizmodo.comAdded: 10 October 2008