You probably know by now that your cellphone service comes from cell towers and if you are using a map app it can only function based on GPS satellites or simply the fact that behind almost any action we make with our phones there is a tech that receives, processes and delivers information. Now you can see the invisible world behind the incredible technology that has taken control over our daily lives and it is incredibly didactic.
Richard Vijgen created an app that is called Architecture of Radio that helps you see waves and signals being transmitted from anywhere you are being situated. The Dutch artist said that people are amazed by this and some are saying that even though it is a beautiful lesson about how technology actually works because information doesn’t pop up on our screens from nowhere, it is somewhat scary to analyze all these sources and measures needed to simply communicate over distance.
Scary or not it is a pretty cool app which can be bought for only $3dollar s on the iOS App Store for iPad and iPhone. Just imagine being able to identify the nearest cell tower, you might be amazed about its range and how you can actually have a decent signal that far or even more, you could get information about when a satellite is passing through the sky and maybe you can follow it with a telescope.
Sadly, the Architecture of Radio had its issues and was not able to be ready for public consumption until today and also for now Android users don’t have any access to it. All in all, this Architecture of Radio is a geek’s dream come true and can be used for didactic purposes as well.