Networking by flickering lights gets some commercial traction


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/02/24/blinkenlights.html


#2

So instead of one wireless router for my home, I need to get one for every room in my house, plus something to connect them all together? no thanks.


#3

I look forward to li-fi being able to replace the physical layer for smart-home tech. Wi-fi, zigbee, blutooth, z-wave, they are all subject to interference and attacks from people physically outside the home. Li-fi is a lot harder to attack - its not perfect you still are vulnerable to an attacker standing at a window, but even then they can only get to a single room.

Ideally all the smart-home stuff would use a link-layer on the power lines, but only insteon has anything like that and its not restricted to power-lines, its more of a fallback to the wireless mesh mode.


#4

They always say these acronyms don’t mean anything at all. That’s just what the Illuminati want you to believe.


#5

Hyphen use is likely to avoid the inevitable mispronunciation (Liffy) and promote LyFy pronunciation without the unfortunate spelling that the SciFi (SyFy) channel went with. Still, I agree it’s likely doomed.


#6

Are you gaslighting me, or are you transferring a file with a lot of zeroes in it?


#7

Maybe it will catch on in Ireland.


#8

Fun fact: recently checked out a venue for a meeting. They said they offered “light-base wireless” and their pitch is (drumroll) clearly to attract people who are “electrosensitive”.


#9

The Li-Fi take on the wifi logo in the video cover image is a crime against typesetting.


#10

I look at this as one more easy way to spread viruses and malware in poorly designed crap made on the cheap in 3rd world countries. Thank you very much.


#11

@markfrauenfelder is the one who writes about tech as something one makes, whereas @doctorow writes about tech as something one buys. Cory even goes so far as to say that this existing technology is not “real” until it is a consumer product.

Rather than complain about the glut of poorly designed crap made on the cheap, we can always do it ourselves instead, without cutting corners.


#12

I’m just thinking of the future, when it’s everywhere, and you can pick up malware from the lights at the Home Depot. But there are always opaque bags . . .


#13

I dunno, she hasn’t been around here for a few months.


#14

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