Visualizing The Networked City: What Wi-Fi Looks Like

Visualizing The Networked City: What Wi-Fi Looks Like

Light painting traces the ethereal communication conduits of our urban environment.

Stephen Fortune
  • 1 march 2011

We are always eager for insights into the invisible networks which permeate our daily lives. So it is with interest that we noted a bespoke light painting apparatus which captures the appearance of Wi-Fi. Gizmodo reports:

“The 12-foot rod, designed by tinkerers Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen, and Einar Sneve Martinussen, has 80 LED lights that pulse higher and lower with the strength of a given network. When combined with long-exposure photography, it uncovers the invisible world of Wi-Fi”

The initial research consisted of three weeks of tests in Oslo, Norway. It is part of ongoing research into what the signal intensity of our invisible communication networks says about our built environment.

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