A team from Oxford University have developed technology that may allow us to download Blu-ray quality movies and other large files in seconds.
The system means that one day we may be treated to transfer speeds of a whopping 3Tbits. It takes light from fibre-optic cables and brings it directly into the living room. A base system installed on the ceiling of a room then projects light to the computer to send the data. It can also receive data being sent in the other direction.
The major drawback of this technology is that it requires a direct line of sight to operate. This means that you’d have to commit to a particular living room layout or be able to change the position of the system to match your computer.
To make the system more practical, the team is already working on a way to bypass this requirement. The team is looking at a tracking and location system that would allow users put a laptop or PC in the same room as the base system and let the system establish a connection.