August 5, 2013 AT 1:02 pm

Here’s What Wi-Fi Would Look Like If We Could See It



Here’s What Wi-Fi Would Look Like If We Could See It.

Artist Nickolay Lamm … created visualizations that imagine the size, shape, and color of wi-fi signals were they visible to the human eye. 

“I feel that by showing what wi-fi would look like if we could see it, we’d appreciate the technology that we use everyday,” Lamm told me in an email. “A lot of us use technology without appreciating the complexity behind making it work.”  

To estimate what this would look like, Lamm worked with M. Browning Vogel, Ph.D., an astrobiologist and former employee at NASA Ames. Dr. Vogel described the science behind wireless technology, and Lamm used the information to create the visualizations.

Dr. Vogel provided captions for each illustration explaining the science of wi-fi. The caption for the illustration at the top of the article describes the size of a wi-fi energy field, and how a signal is transmitted.

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