Architecture of Radio Brings Augmented Reality One Step Closer To Consumers

In this day and age, we take so many different things for granted without giving them a second thought. Wireless connectivity, for example, is becoming the standard these days, yet hardly anyone worries how these signals would look like, assuming we could see them. Architecture of Radio, a new augmented reality app, shows us the world of wireless signals.

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Our eyes are capable of seeing many things, giving us some sense of clarity on subjects that were previously assumed inexplainable. However, there are so many things they simply can’t register. Certain colors, for example, are beyond the spectrum of the human eye. The same can be said about certain signals, which are invisible to us, yet that doesn’t mean they are not there.

Up until this point, no human has been able to lay eyes on radio signals, wireless connectivity signals or Bluetooth connection. Despite us not being able to register these services with our own eyes, we have been using them on a day-to-day basis for quite some time. But if things are left up to the developers of the Architecture of Radio app, everyone in the world will be able to see wireless signals.

As you may have to expect from Architecture of Radio, it will serve as an augmented reality application, enhancing our visual experience. Once the application has been installed on an iPad or iPhone, the user will be able to use the device as a “window” into the world that we have never been able to perceive before.

It is important to keep in mind how the waves emanating from sources distributing wireless signals are only estimates and not effectively measured by the owner’s device. Even though these devices carry all sorts of chips and technologies, this type of functionality is not available at the time being.

Note from the Author: At the time of publication, Architecture of Radio was only available to iOS users – for the price of US$2.99 – whereas Android users will have to wait until Q1 2016 to be a part of this unique experience.

Richard Vijgen, a well-known Dutch designer, is featuring Architecture of Radio as part of an ongoing exhibition, which takes place in Germany. It has to be said, the augmented reality app is more of an art project than a technological marvel, even though it will reveal the “invisible technological landscape we interact with through a multitude of devices.”

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Architecture of Radio will not be the final application to explore the boundaries of augmented reality. Many consumers, as well as technology experts, are fascinated by the concept of looking into the world beyond our eyes. Looking at patterns that are clear as day, but just beyond our grasp, can provide valuable insights for the development of technology.

Additionally, augmented reality options create a new consumer market as well. Exploring the boundaries of augmented reality should not just belong to a few privileged people, but is something everyone in the world should be able to enjoy. Applications like Architecture of Radio brings us one step closer to achieving that goal.

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Source: The Verge

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