Hi, I’m Connor (ECE ‘14) and I’m doing research with Professor Little to create a system for Visible Lighting Communication (VLC) at the Smart Lighting Engineering Research Center. VLC uses LEDs to transmit data, so it can be employed in the same manner as WiFi. I have recently been working on a PCB design for a USB VLC receiver.
With background knowledge of the technology being used, I entered the Smart Lighting Challenge with a team of three MBA students. We presented an application of VLC in grocery stores that would replace existing lighting with VLC-enabled LEDs and attach a touchscreen with a receiver to a shopping cart. This would allow it to track the movement of a shopper to provide location-based advertising and data mining (benefits for the store) while allowing the customer to easily navigate and view a shopping list made at home. LED lighting is also more efficient than traditional lighting, so the store would reduce energy costs.
I am currently working with a few other students on creating a faster system that also produces more light.
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