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Description

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.

New: support for Iphone X, XR, XS and XS Max Screens
New: Cardboard support!
Immerse yourself in the Infosphere in Virtual Reality using a cardboard or compatible headset*

*Carboard support only for iPhone. iPhone 6s or newer recommended for best performance.

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.

 $2.99 in iOS App Store

Screenshots

Architecture of Radio screenshot 1Architecture of Radio screenshot 2Architecture of Radio screenshot 3

Version History

Launched Nov 10, 2015 (over 3 years ago).

Releasing new versions every 7 months, on average.

Jan 25
2019
(Current)
Version 0.09

bug fixes, optimisation for iPhone X, Xs and Xs Max

Nov 27
2018
Version 0.08

- support for iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max Screens
- bug fixes (addresses VR and screen rotation issues)
- speed improvements

Jan 26
2017
Version 0.0.7

speed improvement

Nov 30
2016
Version 0.0.6

New: Architecture of Radio for Cardboard!
Immerse yourself in the infosphere in VR.

- bug fixes
- toggle audio on/off

Jan 28
2016
Version 0.0.5

Updated location services and network status alert.
The previous version had no warning when GPS is disabled on a device. This version notifies the user that the app needs both GPS and an active network connection to function.

Nov 16
2015
Version 0.0.4

bug fixes, speed improvements

Nov 10
2015
Version 1.0

Previous 3 versions
 

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