Author Archives: GordonPovey

LEDs used to map Wi-Fi

The article “Immaterials: Light painting WiFi” by Einar Sneve Martinussen was published about a year ago and I confess I have only just stumbled across this.  It is an excellent piece of art meets engineering where LEDs and long image … Continue reading

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Mobile World Congress, asking for more spectrum?

I will soon be heading to Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.  I am looking forward to a programme of meetings with some of the key mobile players and talking to them about visible light communications. The theme for MWC … Continue reading

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Li-Fi it is then!

Harald Haas coined the “Li-Fi” term in his TED Global talk last year. It seems to have resonated well and the term has begun to be used generally to describe high speed optical wireless communications. I confess, I was not … Continue reading

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LEDs powered by Ethernet

Back in October I posted a blog item on Power over Ethernet (PoE).  I am briefly revisiting this because Raffaele Soloperto of Allnet sent me this excellent picture. PoE is ideal for VLC since the power and data signals are … Continue reading

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Casio announces VLC prototype

Casio exhibited their Visible Light Communication system at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas this week. I was not at CES so this post is based on a number of reports I have obtained from various sources about … Continue reading

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Five VLC predictions for 2012

Gordon Povey looks into his crystal ball and makes some interesting predictions about visible light communication in 2012. I believe that 2012 will prove to be a turning point for optical wireless communications and VLC commercialisation.  In 2011 we saw … Continue reading

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VLC; a review of 2011

Looking back over 2011 there is evidence that a Visible Light Communication industry now exists. At the end of 2010 we saw the IEEE 802.15.7 standard being published and LVX System made the press with what was claimed to be … Continue reading

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VLC in toys next Christmas?

Visible light communications technology could be in toy shops as early as next Christmas! My previous top 10 VLC applications post has been well cited but did not include toys as an application.  If it had been my top 11, … Continue reading

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VLC wins at IBM SmartCamp

Visible Light Communications wins the People’s Choice at IBM SmartCamp IBM have been at the forefront of technical innovation for over 100 years, so they do know a thing about backing the right technology.  They also know that not all … Continue reading

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VLC at IBM SmartCamp London

VLC for a Smarter Planet VLC Ltd has been selected as one of five finalists at the IBM SmartCamp. You can watch the one minute pitch and please support us by clicking “Like”.  We are delighted that IBM recognise how … Continue reading

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