Wi-fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded

Wi-fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded

Published By: Eindhoven University of Technology, 3/17/2017

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Summary

Work by researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology could lead to wi-fi that transports data via infrared rays. This approach would have huge data capacities compared to current standards. It would use fiber-optic antennas that keep track of every connected device’s exact position, and emit rays with a wavelength that is totally safe for the human eye.

Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level of Article: 10.7

Extended Discussion Questions

  • If this system was implemented in your household, how would it change the way you use the Internet?
  • The article says that this technology could potentially be available in stores in five years. Is this sooner or later than you initially expected? (When you began reading/hearing about the article.) Why?
  • Do you think a new wi-fi standard that increases speed to this degree could change the way websites, apps, and online services are designed? If so, how?
    • Could there be any downsides to these changes? (Prompt: Do you think everyone will be able to get this new technology at once?)
    • What could online content producers do to minimize potential downsides?

Relating This Story to the CSP Curriculum Framework

Global Impact Learning Objectives:

  • LO 7.1.1 Explain how computing innovations affect communication, interaction, and cognition.
  • LO 7.4.1 Explain the connections between computing and real-world contexts, including economic, social, and cultural contexts.

Global Impact Essential Knowledge:

  • EK 7.1.1M The Internet and the Web have enhanced methods of and opportunities for communication and collaboration.

Other CSP Big Ideas:

  • Idea 6 The Internet

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