If You Could See Cell Radio Signals

Your smartphone is an amazing piece of technology, but it would be nothing without a cellular network which gives you the ability to text, talk, and browse the web. You may not see most of the massive infrastructure used by your cellphone provider, but it’s there. What If You Could See Your Cellular Network?

What the World Would Look Like If You Could See Cell Phone Signals and What If You Could See Your Cellular Network? articles have amazing visualizations of cell phone network signals. There are thousands of invisible signals bouncing around us all the time, and the world would be a very different place if we could see them. Data visualization artist Nickolay Lamm created psychedelic images of the cellphone signals that live in the air, but are invisible to us. I really recommend you to take a look at them and be amazed.

There are also many other radio signals than cell phone network. Check also What If You Could See WiFi? and What the World Would Look Like If You Could Actually See Wi-Fi Signals.


  1. Teukka says:

    Your RSS feed seems to insert newlines at the start – meaning it breaks a number of browsers which want the <?xml tag at the very beginning of a file.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    One apartment’s Wi-Fi dead zones, mapped with a physics equation
    A doctoral student does the math on where his Wi-Fi is, and isn’t.

    A home’s Wi-Fi dead zones are, to most of us, a problem solved with guesswork. Your laptop streams just fine in this corner of the bedroom, but not the adjacent one; this arm of the couch is great for uploading photos, but not the other one. You avoid these places, and where the Wi-Fi works becomes a factor in the wear patterns of your home. In an effort to better understand, and possibly eradicate, his Wi-Fi dead zones, one man took the hard way: he solved the Helmholtz equation.

    The Helmholtz equation models “the propagation of electronic waves” that involves using a sparse matrix to help minimize the amount of calculation a computer has to do in order to figure out the paths and interferences of waves, in this case from a Wi-Fi router.

    Cole writes that making the mapping simulation a Web service would probably be unfeasible due to the intensive calculations


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