We talk a lot about Government 2.0 and the infusion of communications technologies into public services on this blog. As written about before, public services are, in many cases, location-based and require spatial understanding to be implemented efficiently. Students at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design have developed a technology that ties these two ideas together (video below). Using simple flashing lights and long-exposure photography, the team literally mapped WiFi signals throughout Oslo. The resulting 2-D patterns (planes made of small blue-glowing dashes) serve as an almost eerie reminder of our “2.0” world. It would be really interesting to see these WiFi topography maps developed for particular socio-demographic sectors of the city, as well as 3-D maps composed of several of the 2-D topographies.
Check it out for yourself.
[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/20412632 w=400&h=225]
- Terra Curtis