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 6 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.
- support for iPhone X, XR, XS and XS Max Screens
- bug fixes (addresses VR and screen rotation issues)
- speed improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Amazing, l see the matrix!
I was hoping the app would see signals from my wifi router but I guess it's not in their database, so the app isn't a true real time monitor of radio signals the iPhone or iPad I'd actually seeing.
Still if you watch carefully and point up to the sky, it is tracking satellite movements, although the nets of radio waveforms always seem static and don't move with the satellites (assuming they are radio transmitters). Hopefully that might come in a later version.
I guess this app is half art and half science but fascinating non the less.
Does work!! Beautifully!!
Lovely app. Works straight out of the box! Sound too!
To previous reviewer - for any app, in event of Fail, always try the Deinstall/Reinstall trick, plus or minus a Hard Reset of your iOS device. Remember this First Aid trick for any & all iOS apps :-)
Also, this app needs your current location to work(!). So make sure you Allow App To Access Your Location in the Settings.
... But as other reviewers have said it should be possible to filter by type, also you should be able to turn off the 'noise signal' effect, and finally as others have said it doesn't show my own wifi network (whether connected to it or not- which is just plain odd!)
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.