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App visualizes radio signals all around us

As featured in DisruptiveViews

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.

Wouldn’t it be cool to be able visualize all that electromagnetic stuff going on around us?

Look no further. Richard Vijgen has created the Architecture of Radio, a site-specific iPad application that visualizes this network of networks by reversing the ambient nature of the infosphere* that relies on an intricate network of signals, wired and wireless, that support it; hiding the visible while revealing the invisible technological landscape we interact with through our devices.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at the video below for a mind-blowing sci-fi like experience.

The Architecture of Radio iOS app is scheduled for release by December 2015. The Android version is set to follow early 2016. Subscribe to the release list to be notified first when the app launches.

* The infosphere refers to an interdependent environment, like a biosphere, that is populated by informational entities. While an example of the sphere of information is cyberspace, infospheres are not limited to purely online environments.