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Timo Arnall, known from the mesmorizing Visualizing the Readable Volume in the Field of a RFID Reader project, made a video demonstrating a simple way of visualizing the pervasiveness of wireless technology in our physical environment. Wireless hotspots are overlaid as transparent circles into urban spaces (and, if I am not mistaken, Brussels airport).

The ongoing theme in his work is to make invisible wireless technologies visible, ranging from Oyster cards to mobile phones and wireless routers in a multitude of overlapping and competing fields, in order to better understand and communicate with and about them. Using the simple abstraction of a dashed line, specific aspects that are often overlooked, such as the spatial properties of wireless technologies, can be quickly communicated. Timo has been using these images to sensitise designers and students to the spatial and embodied properties of technologies such as RFID, Bluetooth and WiFi.

Watch the video below.

Reminds me of Adam Greenfield's self-disclosing icons to denote the presence of ubiquitous technology. Via Touch and We Make Money Not Art.


Actually, Nurri Kim did most of the heavy lifting on these. And if Timo's work reminds you of them, that may be for the excellent reason that his work inspired them in the first place!

Wed 16 Jun 2010 at 7:14 AM

Reminds me a lot at wardive. A work were you have to fight against Hotspots.It's also a visualisation of hotspots. Look also at:

(used also a similiar idea about visualisation for infographics - triangles instead of circles)

Wed 16 Jun 2010 at 6:37 PM
Ted Loop

Digital hoola hoops.

Just imagine if they made contact lenses with an augmented reality interface.

Sat 19 Jun 2010 at 9:28 AM

@Jae: I do not want to imagine a future in which spam and advertising is hovering directly on my retina...

Fri 25 Jun 2010 at 3:28 AM

There are no circles around cars? Nor in the air (planes, satellites, ISS)?

Fri 25 Jun 2010 at 10:38 PM
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