The days of walking around aimlessly in the hope of finding a WiFi or cellular signal might soon be over. Thanks to the upcoming Architecture of Radio app, you’ll be able to see a “realtime, location based visualization of cell towers, WiFi routers, communication, navigation and observation satellites and their signals.”
We are completely surrounded by an invisible system of data cables and radio signals from access points, cell towers and overhead satellites. Our digital lives depend on these very physical systems for communication, observation and navigation.
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.
As the following video demonstrates, this app does a lot more than just visualize WiFi hot spots on a map. It actually shows users the invisible waveforms that surround us on a daily basis.
Warning: If you think you suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, this video will probably be the equivalent of watching a snuff film. Then again, if you think you suffer from electromagnetic hypersensitivity, how are you even reading this?
The app was developed by Studio Richard Vijgen, which describes itself as “a design studio for contemporary information culture” using “code, pixels and 3D printers to describe the world.”
The app will be available for iOS users in December. Android users can expect it in early 2016.