When we wirelessly connect a laptop to a home router or a smartphone to a streaming speaker, we are doing it over radio waves. We were first introduced to wireless data transmission using light in 2014, and now French Oledcomm is looking to bring the technology to home users with the first Android tablet with built-in Li-Fi. .
Light Fidelity – or Li-Fi – technology transmits data at high speed by modulating light signals, “a process invisible to the naked eye.” And spin-off of the University of Paris-Saclay, Oledcomm announces having launched the first “Li-Fi luminaire” intended for the general public at CES 2018, in the form of the MyLiFi desk lamp.
The company returned to Las Vegas the following year with a prototype of its LiFiMAX system, which was then installed and tested in more than 500 projects around the world. Last year the first classroom was equipped with the technology and an integrated circuit allowing native integration of Li-Fi into smartphones, tablets and PCs was launched at MWC 2021 in Barcelona, Spain.
Oledcomm is now back at CES to present the LiFiMAX Tab.
“Each year since 2018, Oledcomm has stepped up its leadership in LiFi a little more,” said Benjamin Azoulay of the company. “After announcing the miniaturization of its technology and reaching 3Gbps in vehicle-to-infrastructure data transfer, Oledcomm announces the first Android tablet with integrated Li-Fi.
“The tablet allows all members of the family to connect to the Internet through invisible light, providing a robust, stable and radio-frequency free connection with a signal that cannot be intercepted outside the room. LiFiMAX Tab is ideal for use in the home office, for parents and children at home or at school.
The tablet is packaged in a large blue silicone case that includes the photonic antenna, allowing up to 150 Mbps downstream and 150 Mbps upstream with 128-bit AES security. Naturally, users of the device will need to be within range of an access point or electroluminescent antenna connected to a home network, which the company also produces (and you may need more than one if you want to move inside).
The LiFiMAX’s blue case also comes with a built-in kickstand and houses a USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack, and TransFlash card reader slot. The tablet has a 10.1 inch touchscreen with 1920 x 1200 resolution, runs Android 10 and is powered by a Mediatek MTK6762 octa-core processor supported by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
There is an 8,000mAh battery for up to seven hours of use, plus an additional 6,000mAh battery to power the built-in Li-Fi module. And to complete the given specs, a 2 MP webcam on the front and a 5 MP snapper on the rear, as well as two built-in 1W speakers.
The LiFiMAX Tab is expected to go on sale from February for € 400 (around US $ 450), although it’s unclear how much it will cost you to install the necessary LiFiMAX access points or antennas. The video below has more.
LiFiMAXTab® by OLEDCOMM