Researchers at the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan have developed next generation infrared communication technology based on lasers, which allows wireless communications at speeds up to 1 Gbps.
According to ExtremeTech, the new technology has a remarkably low Bit Error Rate at 10 metres of just one bit per 1 billion, compared to around one per 100,000 for WiFi, and can work over a distance of up to 25 metres.
However, unlike WiFi or Bluetooth, at this stage the new technology is highly directional, meaning that the transmitter and the receiver need to have a precise line of sight in order for the technology to work.
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While the consumer applications for the technology in its current form are limited, the researchers believe that it may be a viable option in situations that are sensitive to radio frequency interference, such as aboard planes or in hospitals.