An App That Lets You See Invisible Wireless Signals Around You
A new App is available that allows the curious to see all the invisible Wi-Fi signals that surround them.
The Daily Mail reports:
The app plots the densities of digital signals, like radio waves, which exist outside the spectrum of visible light on a 3-D moving graph.
It is site-specific, and works by ‘reversing the ambient nature of the infosphere; hiding the visible while revealing the invisible technological landscape we interact with through our devices,’ according to its website.
Different data sources are indicated with small white shapes, which become red when the device hovers over them. Cell phone towers are indicated as tall thin spikes, while a Wi-Fi router comes up as a small triangle.
Satellites dot the sky as cubes, and tiny points create the many spheres and contoured lines of unseen signals.
Each data source is named and color-coded in white, green or blue based on its purpose, be it communication, observation, or navigation, respectively.
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A field guide to the hidden world of digital networks
Architecture of Radio reports:
The Architecture of Radio is a site-specific iPad application that visualizes this network of networks by reversing the ambient nature of the infosphere; hiding the visible while revealing the invisible technological landscape we interact with through our devices.
The Architecture of Radio is a data visualization, based on global open datasets of cell tower, Wi-Fi and satellite locations. Based on your GPS location the app shows a 360 degree visualization of signals around you. The dataset includes almost 7 million cell towers, 19 million Wi-Fi routers and hundreds of satellites. A site specific version of the app includes wired communication infrastructure embedded in the exhibition space. It’s aim is to provide a comprehensive window into the infosphere.