Li-Fi Technology Arrives in Wearable Industry

A leading maker of smart glasses and AR devices have introduced Li-Fi technology into its latest products. It could significantly reduce latency in future Vuzix smart glasses. Li-Fi or Light Fidelity is the ability to obtain high-performance connection by touching a button. This technology uses LEDs to transmit data. In other words, it’s a light-based version of Wi-Fi. Instead of using radio waves, Li-Fi uses light instead. One significant advantage of Li-Fi is the absence of electromagnetic interference. This makes Li-Fi more appropriate in airplanes and hospitals. Just like radio signal, light also travels very quickly, ensuring great data performance.  

Once the device collects the necessary information, it will interpret the data into something more meaningful that users can easily understand. The data transfer can be significantly faster and theoretically, Li-Fi can reach a speed of 100Gbps, which is faster than Wi-Fi. In a society with iOT network, Li-Fi will ensure very fast interaction between devices. Because LED lights are affordable and commonplace, the implementation of Li-Fi will be fairly easily. As mentioned above, Li-Fi should be acceptable in places where Wi-Fi can’t be implemented. With the arrival of 5G technology, Li-Fi should become a great addition in the network.

Apple is aiming to enter the augmented reality market in 2022 and the company may release its very first headset with AR integration. It appears, the situation is becoming very promising in the smart glass sector. Today, many iOS apps have AR integration, which are available for iPad and iPhone. Just like what happened in the past, a new technology became mainstream when Apple finally adopted it, although it’s not the pioneer in the industry. The company will face stiff competition from Facebook that’s also looking to dominate in the sector.  

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Facebook is partnering with Luxottica, the owner of the popular Ray-Ban brand, to design fashionable smart glasses. We heard from previous reports, Facebook is looking to release standard rimmed smart glasses, so they won’t look unusual in public spaces. Facebook internally calls smart glasses as Orion. Users will be able to stream videos and take calls among themselves.  Many companies are really aiming for to have strong dominance in the promising AR sector. An effective way to do this is by incorporating new technologies using Li-Fi. Before the smart glass market becomes mainstream, it is important to refine the technology further.

It will be quite interesting to see how these devices will be applicable in the market with embedded Li-Fi technology. Although Li-Fi is reliable and offers very fast data transfer, these devices need to be very close to one another. Normal light could reach only a limited distance, just like IR blasters. It means, you need to put the smartphone or other paired devices to the Li-Fi enabled smart glasses. Because augmented reality requires high speed data transfer, Li-Fi will be quite helpful when in proximity of other devices. Li-Fi is a great technology to augment 5G data transfer, because devices could also interact with one another at very fast speed.