Architecture of Radio Screenshots
The infosphere, Visualized.
Every time we use our phones, tablets or laptops we are entering an invisible world of wireless digital signals. It is a world that we cannot see but that is literally all around us.
The Architecture of Radio is a 360 degree data visualization of what this world might look like. It shows the cell towers, GPS satellites and Wi-Fi routers around you that allow us to live our digital lives.
Why should I use this app?
Out of curiosity! We are increasingly dependent on a global ecosystem of digital signals. We use them for so many things, yet we cannot see them. We can see the roads we use to travel, the buildings we live in, but not the infrastructure that is changing the world. How can we understand this world without understanding how it works?
The purpose of this app is to make the invisible visible so we can look at it, think about it and discuss it.
Why Should I not use this app?
This app is not a measurement tool. Its purpose is to inspire, to see the world through a different lens. The app is based on real world data and gives you a pretty good idea of the density of digital signals around you, but it wont tell you where to move the couch to get a better WIFI signal.
So how does it work?
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.
Is this really what radio signals look like?
We cant see radio with our eyes. The waves that we use for our cell phones and Wi-Fi are way outside the spectrum of visible light. In order to see radio, it has to be interpreted or translated into an image that we can see. There are many ways to do that but it will always be an interpretation.
The Architecture of Radio is an impression of the infosphere, a way of seeing it.
If the app takes longer than a few seconds to load please check if location services (GPS) is enabled and the device is connected to the internet.
Beautiful (5 stars)
The developer has created a beautiful app that shows (not real time) your electronic signal environment in an intriguing panoramic view. No, its not real time, which is clearly disclosed in the apps description. But the representations of our electromagnetic environment, and the data (cell phone tower carriers, information about satellites) is remarkable and awe-inspiring. This app is art for the digital age.
Welcome to the Matrix (4 stars)
This is a very neat app shows you a lot of information. The problem is it doesnt show you any real-time data, for example from your home or office router. So if youre trying to troubleshoot local issues, youre SOL. BUT it is a great way to see other known/documented sources of trouble.
AMAZING! (4 stars)
This app is truly amazing to me. I've always desired to see our networks this way.
I ran this app on my iPhone 6s and notice it got rather warm after approx 15 min of use viewing The networks around me.
I also noticed it literally put a large demand on my battery consumption.
Is it possible that the iPhone 6 Plus became warm as a result of the battery drove to run this app. Aside from the battery consumption vie