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What a Feeling, When We're Browsing the Web On the Ceiling

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/micahe/370242964/in/photostream/">micah.e</a> via FLickr/Creative Commons

Man, what in the world is happening down in St. Cloud, Minnesota? I don't have a clue! Let's check it out! 

Lionel Richie references aside, what's happening in St. Cloud is a test of a system in which LED ceiling lights provide wireless web access. Most current wireless systems use radio waves, so light waves aren't much of a stretch - the system flickers at a rate that's too fast for the human eye to notice, and the transfer speeds are comparable to DSL

The funny part is that St. Cloud didn't initially look into these lights for the web features - they just wanted energy efficient "smart lighting." Well, lights that can browse the web sound pretty smart from this corner. [Inhabitat]

As always, we hope you'll share an awesome link in the comments, or by flicking the lights on and off really fast.