About Wifi Camera

The Wifi Camera is a camera that takes "pictures" of spaces illuminated by wifi in much the same way that a traditional camera takes pictures of spaces illuminated by visible light.

The camera reveals the electromagnetic space of our devices and the shadows that we create within such spaces, in particular our wifi networks which are increasingly found in our daily lives, in coffee shops, offices and homes throughout cities of the developed world.

With the camera we can take real time "photos" of wifi (and we're working towards having video too). These show how our physical structures are illuminated by this particular electromagnetic phenomenon and we are even able to see the shadows that our bodies cast within such "hertzian" spaces.

Radio waves at wifi's wavelength behave similar to light in that they are reflected off almost all solid objects to varying degrees, just as when we see colors we see the light from a light source being reflected off an object into our eyes. And, just as with light, some materials are opaque and some materials are more or less transparent.

We do this basically by pointing a wifi antenna (or several antennas) and measuring the signal strength throughout a view - the faster we can do this, the faster we can create full-screen images.

The latest version of the wifi camera is able to create images much more quickly because it has more pixels and we have a custom built board for analysing the wifi spectrum (around 2.4GHz). The result of all this is that we can even 'see' the illumination cast by mobile phones and microwave ovens!

Latest news: February 2010

You can see wifi camera at Transmediale 2010 Futurity Now! Exhibit. And we got a spectacular location too.


January 2009

We just finished the first Panoramic Wifi Camera for ICC/Tokyo in December 2008. See the video below, or proceed this way for much more information

Panoramic Wifi Camera

New poster - 2008

See the poster in detail below

New video - 2008

Single Pixel Wifi Camera and animated visualizations in the video below