Lighting Up the Internet of Things with DarkVLC

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Lighting Up the Internet of Things with DarkVLC
Visible Light Communication (VLC) holds a great potential to solve the spectrum crunch problem and to provide scalable connectivity to zillions of mobile and IoT devices. However, VLC commonly requires LED lights to be on, which fundamentally limits the applicable scenarios of VLC and makes VLC less attractive to mobile and IoT devices with tight energy budget. We present DarkVLC, a new VLC primitive that allows the VLC link to be sustained even when the LED lights appear dark or off. The key idea is to encode data into ultra-short light pulses imperceptible to human eyes yet detectable by devices equipped with photodiodes. Realizing DarkVLC faces several challenges to generate and deal with the ultrashort light pulses reliably. We describe our preliminary efforts to tackle these challenges and build a DarkVLC prototype using offthe-shelf LEDs and low-cost photodiodes. DarkVLC fundamentally broadens the application scenarios of VLC and provides a new ultra-low power, always-on connect...
Zhao Tian, Kevin Wright, Xia Zhou
Added 11 Apr 2016
Updated 11 Apr 2016
Type Journal
Year 2016
Authors Zhao Tian, Kevin Wright, Xia Zhou
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