This is one of those things I’ve always wondered in the back of my mind. How far does a WiFi network actually reach and what would it look like? How come I have reception in one spot and not in another? Well a team from Oslo including Timo Arnall, Jørn Knutsen, and Einar Sneve Martinussen set out to answer just such a question by creating visual representations of actual Wifi networks to spectacular effect. Utilizing long-exposure photography and a four-metre long measuring rod with 80 LED light points they were able to “reveal” cross-sections in wireless networks.
We built the WiFi measuring rod, a 4-metre tall probe containing 80 lights that respond to the Received Signal Strength (RSSI) of a particular WiFi network. When we walk through architectural, urban spaces with this probe, while taking long-exposure photographs, we visualise the cross-sections, or strata, of WiFi signal strength, situated within photographic urban scenes. The cross-sections are an abstraction of WiFi signal strength, a line graph of RSSI across physical space. Although it can be used to determine actual signal strength at a given point, it is much more interesting as a way of seeing the overall pattern, the relative peaks and the troughs situated in the surrounding physical space.
See the full photo set and read much more about the project here.
Architect Ryuji Nakamura thought of a brilliant way to convert his screen-mounted webcam into a miniature paper house that creates the illusion of turning him into a giant. Complete with tiny furniture. (via spoon & tamago)
Six stunning desktop wallpapers by Italian illustrator and graphic designer Alberto Seveso available for download here. The images were created by taking high-speed photographs of ink mixing with water. These are the only desktops I will use for the rest of my life. (via behance)
Gh0st L1fe is a photographic collaboration by Allison Reilly and Miguel Farias, documenting the countless hours today’s youth spend staring into computer screens.
Having grown up surrounded by constantly changing visuals and instant gratification, today’s youth has become fixated on providing their minds with a steady stream of fast paced media. This need is filled by a plethora of video and computer games, tv shows, and websites such as youTube and Facebook. With this time wasting comes the inevitable stress of getting work done at the last minute, accompanied by the excuses and inability to take responsibility for their actions. In order to express the destructive process of procrastination, we chose to take long exposure photographs (about 15 minutes) of youth participating in activities that are classified as time wasters. The overall effect of these photographs are an eerie representation of what comes of these activities. Ghostly and sub-human, the subject of the photograph seems no longer consciously present, and their face, bathed in the light of the screen on which they are fixated, is irradicated and blown out in a white glow. The photographs are lonely and isolating, creating an environment in which human interaction is obsolete and the environment one chooses to live in is self contained, complete with the use of headphones to even isolate ones ability to hear.
Holy amazing, check out this Back to the Future Delorean hard drive from Flash Rods. The stainless steel hard drive took four years to engineer and comes complete with functional gull-wing doors, a Mr. Fusion reactor, and an embedded 500gb Seagate hard drive. (via iain claridge)
This 2011 calendar is a promotional piece for Harald Geisler‘s typography studio in Frankfurt. The hundreds of keyboard keys are photographed row by row to decrease lens distortion and reproduce the keys at actual size. The resulting print will be about 2′ x 3′. Learn more over at his Kickstarter page where you can pledge some money and walk away with a print or three. (via man-made)