The year is coming to a close and we have seen some amazing mobile technology. 2015 has been packed with so many new innovations it is almost impossible to keep track of everything. This is why I want to highlight a few mobile related innovations that you might have missed but are really exciting. Here we go!
Li-Fi brightens up your day
This innovation was actually created a couple of years ago but really made the headlines in the last months. I’m talking about what could be the successor of Wi-Fi, called Li-Fi. Li-Fi is an technology invented by Professor Harald Haas of the University of Edinburgh, basically Li-Fi is a means of creating a wireless network that uses light to transmit data. LED’s are switched on and off at a very high rate, too fast to be noticed by the human eye. By doing this they transmit data to e.g. you smartphone, laptop, tablet you name it. The beauty of this is that every lamp in your household, work, university could be a network spot. And there are more benefits namely;
- Li-Fi has already proven to be 100 times faster than current Wi-Fi networks.
- More energy-friendly making use of light that is turned on anyway.
- Li-Fi can’t penetrate walls which makes your network far more secure than Wi-Fi.
But with every new technology there are a couple of wrinkles that need to be ironed out.
- First of all Li-Fi can’t be used in direct sunlight because the light of the LED isn’t bright enough for you devices to notice.
- Secondly you have to be in a line of sight of the LED emitting the Li-Fi.
- Lastly big investments need to be made in readjusting the current lighting and wiring infrastructure.
Still, I have high hopes for this technology and you should too keep checking out my blog for more updates on this matter. If you want to know more right now click here.
A new world
Virtual reality is becoming more mainstream, even so mainstream that we mere mortals can live in the virtual world now. If you are the proud owner of a Galaxy S6 you are in luck, because this device can be coupled to a VR headset. The price for the so called Samsung Gear VR2 is E99, it’s not cheap but if your significant other really loves you it might be sitting under the Christmas tree. The headset is extremely easy to set up, you plug in your Samsung smartphone, couple the device through an installation wizard and within 10 minutes you are living in virtual reality. Although not really practical to wear all the time, it is fun when you’re at home or sitting somewhere safe outside. You can play some fun games or change the environment by your will. If you want to see the Gear VR2 in action first, check out this video.
A perfect solution
This one is more of a gimmick, but nevertheless comes in really handy if you are such a math wizard as I am, *cough cough*. Now there is the perfect solution for lazy high schoolers who don’t want to do their homework. Photomath is a new app which solves math problems for you just by looking at them. You can install the app on Android or iOS and from there on it is just point and click. Write down an equation in your neatest handwriting, point the camera at the sum and Photomath does the work for you.
So here you have it, three fun and interesting mobile technologies from the past year. Also this is my last blog of 2015, but I will definitely see you again after the holidays. Happy Holidays and see you next time!