There are radio and Wi-Fi signals swirling all around us, we just don’t have the capacity to actually see them. But what if you could?
That’s a question the new app Architecture of Radio tries to answer, and it makes for one insanely cool (and surprisingly beautiful) experience. Remember that Limitless scene where the guy concentrates hard enough that he can “see” the signals in the air? It’s basically that, but real.
Essentially, the app provides 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. It’s not entirely comprehensive, but the goal is to give you a peek into the “infosphere” that surrounds us all.
It’s sometimes easy to forget just how much technology — and the connectedness that makes it all function — has permeated every fiber of our existence in the modern era, and this is a fascinating reminder of how it all ties together. Everything is connected, even if you can’t see it.
Check out a video of the app in action below. It's available for iOS and Android.