Those two projects inspired my idea.

1.Phantom Terrains

It is an experimental platform which aims to answer this question by translating the characteristics of wireless networks into sound. By streaming this signal to a pair of hearing aids, the listener is able to hear the changing landscapes of data that surround them. Network identifiers, data rates and encryption modes are translated into sonic parameters, with familiar networks becoming recognizable by their auditory representations.

The project challenges the notion of assistive hearing technology as a prosthetic, re-imagining it as an enhancement that can surpass the ability of normal human hearing. By using an audio interface to communicate data feeds rather than a visual one, Phantom Terrains explores hearing as a platform for augmented reality that can immerse us in continuous, dynamic streams of data.

What surprised me was that the visualization part is done by one of the authors of ‘dear data’, which is┬áthe book I like.


Detektors is an open and collaborative project which consists in devices capable of recording hidden electromagnetic emissions produced by common electronic tools such as mobile phones, laptops, cameras etc. In addition, Detektors can also capture the high frequency bands: modulation of WiFi, Bluetooth, GSM, UMTS and GPS networks, as well as any other transmission system between 100 Mhz and 5Ghz.


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Photo by Thomas Ball


An acoustimeter emits a sounds when it detects an electromagnetic field. This is a very simple model, but there are many more sophisticated and expensive versions on the market.

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Radiation detector

A diy ‘acoustimeter’. it collects the electromagnetic wave from the environment and mapping to a sound in a specific HZ scope. I record its sound in my home. It transfers indefinable pain into noise that we can feel.

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