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  • - This lamp beams the internet down to your computer.

  • It's called MyLiFi and that sounds like Wi-Fi

  • except it does it without wireless radio.

  • It uses light instead.

  • If you have a TV remote, you know it uses infrared

  • to beam out the changes to the channel.

  • This is the same thing but doing way more.

  • It uses infrared to send the internet down to computer

  • and then from your computer, back up to the lamp,

  • and then out to your router and to whatever website

  • you're trying to use.

  • So we're sitting here at CES.

  • We're gonna try it out.

  • This is my own laptop.

  • I just turned Wi-Fi off.

  • I don't have an internet connection.

  • So I need to use this dongle.

  • I'm gonna plug it into my computer,

  • to the actual USB port.

  • And they told me that it won't install anything.

  • It should just work.

  • So let me see if I can, yeah wait, it's blinking

  • green right now and I'm just gonna go to the Verge.

  • I think it's loading the Verge.

  • Yeah I just brought up a website.

  • It works, that's cool.

  • It shows me a few big benefits here.

  • One is security.

  • Instead of having a Wi-Fi network,

  • that somebody can tap into,

  • there's just this infrared that is really short range.

  • It's going from here to here

  • and it's going to be a lot harder to monitor

  • what you're doing.

  • They're selling a pro version that encrypts

  • all the traffic too.

  • The other benefit is supposed to be a health one,

  • because they're aren't radio waves.

  • Now very important to know that radio waves

  • are not actually known to be harmful to the human body.

  • So that's not really a benefit.

  • But if you're a person who worries about these things,

  • the option is there.

  • The downside though is that, at least for this

  • initial version, it's very short ranged.

  • This is a desk lamp and if I move it too far away,

  • you can see these lights start to go down to show

  • that my signal is breaking.

  • The company Oledcomm plans to introduce more lights

  • over time.

  • They're gonna do ceiling lights and wall lights.

  • They imagine that eventually we will light up an entire

  • room using these, and also get your internet that way,

  • which will give you a little bit more range of movement.

  • That might also hurt the security element a little bit,

  • but it still won't go through walls and so it's gonna be

  • confined to whichever room you would set up in.

  • For the time being it seems like it is maybe best for like

  • a really crazy business person, who like wants

  • a small range of movement and the security element.

  • It is sort of weird, because you could just plug it in

  • ethernet jack into your computer

  • 'cos that's really what this is.

  • You see this yellow cable over here,

  • that's just an ethernet jack.

  • It's actually powering the lamp too.

  • The lamp itself is a pretty standard smart desk lamp.

  • It can change between warm and cool color temperatures.

  • So from bluer to more orange.

  • You can set a timer to turn it on and off over time.

  • You can also use an app to control when the internet

  • connection is activated.

  • That's actually kind of one of the weirder things.

  • In order to manage the lamp, you need to use an app

  • and to use the app, you have to use your phone

  • which requires Wi-Fi.

  • There's also a web app so you could theoretically

  • then go to a hard wire connection,

  • but if you're trying to totally avoid Wi-Fi

  • this is just really not a possibility.

  • The selling point here is really security.

  • You could just use an ethernet cord instead,

  • but there's something very neat about having

  • the stylish lamp.

  • MyLiFi is launching on Indiegogo.

  • It's actually already live.

  • You can go there and back it for 840 dollars

  • to get the lamp and the dongle.

  • That's supposed to be available sometime later this year.

  • (jingle music)

- This lamp beams the internet down to your computer.

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    Samuel posted on 2018/01/10
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