Architecture of Radio

3.0
423 reviews
10K+
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Everyone
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About this app

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.

"Fascinating and beautiful" – PCMag
"Enter The Matrix!" – Fast Company
"Both beautiful and slightly disturbing" – Business Insider
"the sight of this invisible world is breathtaking" – Gizmodo
"an entirely new lens through which to view the [reality] we have, but rely on every day." – Boston Globe
"Fascinating." – NYTimes.com

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. It’s 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 won’t 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 can’t 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.
Updated on
Nov 23, 2022

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Ratings and reviews

3.0
399 reviews
A Google user
January 30, 2019
Not what it says on the tin exactly. I couldn't detect my own superhub 3 which has a wifi connected android box next to it. The mobile phone I have this app on is also connected to it. I have two laptops and two tablets in my living room, all connected to it and an X box one X also connected to it from upstairs. Not one of these devices appeared on the map although many other routers were picked up, apparently around 1k metres away. I live in between two international cities too.
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A Google user
August 1, 2019
it used to show ALL transcievers in the area. it used to show all the 5g nova wave producing unknown transcievers in any given area as well as the wifi routers and the phone towers amd satellites..... now it shows only the satalites. it had updated automatically CONTRARY to what i had chosen in my phone Google play app settings in terms of automatically updating which was turned OFF. the probability is very high that whomever set up those UNKNOWN transceivers made the app to not show them
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Bernarld Raxn Lagman
January 28, 2022
Its a bit diffilcult to use, you wont really know sometimes if a wifi router is there or not because I tried it with multiple wifi routers and some show and some not but the general possition of sattelite and towers seems legit and kinda accurate just dont rely too much on the distance measurement, it can be off for a few hunder meters.
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