The Architecture of Radio: soon available the app that will show the networks around us

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Are you curious to know which and how many Wi-Fi signals are around you? It seems an impossible mission, but from the end of 2015 you will finally be able to see them with your eyes thanks to the new app for iPad “The Architecture of Radio”.

“The Architecture of Radio” is a site-specific app developed by the Dutch designer Richard Vijgen, who will present a preview special version of it at Germany’s ZKM | Center for Art and Media from this month to April 2016.

The app has been created with and Ionic Framework and it bases on a GPS to have the exact position of the user; once it has the position, augmented reality starts its job, visualizing on the mobile device’s screen all the connection found in the area thanks to a satellite. These will not be just Wi-Fi connections, but also smartphone’s invisible traffic, GPS units, cell towers, overhead satellites, and more.

The aim of this app seems mostly informative: to let us see with our eyes what actually is invisible. In fact, as we can read on the official site: “The infosphere relies on an intricate network of signals, wired and wireless, that support it. 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.”

Probably to be finally able to see all this will make us more aware of what we have around and of the reach of the technologic revolution we are part: once more augmented reality contributes, through virtual, to make us taste a slice of reality otherwise impossible to reach.

The Architecture of Radio will be available for iOS from December 2015 and for Android from the start of 2016.