Science and Society, Technology

When art meets science - Wireless in your World

This is what happens when art and science get together and make very beautiful motion infographic babies.

wifi 2We’re used to the idea that we’re surrounded by wifi networks (well, I hope we are).  Still, have you ever actually tried to visual them all, and how they surround you and overlap with each other?

I’ve not, to be honest.  Something about which I’m now slightly embarassed.

Anyhoo, someone else has! Designer Timo Arnall has made a very beautiful video showing the interaction between the networks, overlaid over scenes from ordinary life.

The official description:

Utopian and radical architects in the 1960s predicted that cities in the future would not only be made of brick and mortar, but also defined by bits and flows of information. The urban dweller would become a nomad who inhabits a space in constant flux, mutating in real time. Their vision has taken on new meaning in an age when information networks rule over many of the city’s functions, and define our experiences as much as the physical infrastructures, while mobile technologies transform our sense of time and of space.


It’s a beautiful way of showing just how pervasive wifi technologies are, particularly in, * ahem * other countries.  And yes, I’m jealous.

Found this gem here, on Flowing Data, but before that it came from infosthetics (both of which may be some of my new favourite blogs).

  • repton

    But are they really spherical? Here’s an experiment investigating the shape of RFID fields:

  • Aimee Whitcroft

    Hey repton :)

    Good question: certainly, if one’s being schematic about things, circular probably makes sense.

    Good link, though!