Augmented Reality Mobile App Shows Surrounding Electromagnetic Waves
Howdy! My Name is Edgar Lopez-Sanchez and I am a Senior Construction Science Major at Texas A&M University. I am also a new Business Development Intern at JBKnowledge, Inc. Construction is something I am very passionate about, so it’s an amazing opportunity to be able to intern at a company that creates technology that pushes the construction industry to further limits. As a college senior entering the professional world upon graduation next December, I am excited to see these technologies in use.
There are emerging technologies that are taking over and simplifying processes that once took more manual labor, time and manpower. Great minds are starting to see the potential that lies within augmented and virtual reality (AR & VR) on the construction jobsites. Richard Vijgen, creator of the Architecture of Radio mobile app, has now allowed users to see what was once invisible to them; electromagnetic waves.
The Architecture of Radio app turns the smartphone that is being used into an augmented reality device that allows the user to see the possible wireless signals that are around them. This app enables the visualization of data and other signals that are present in the world. This is achieved through the GPS location of your phone along with the datasets of hundreds of satellites, 19 million wifi routers and more than 7 million cell towers. The view that is revealed through the tablet or smartphone is being dubbed the “infosphere” since it deals with the realm of information. The app is not to be used as a measuring tool, but as a window to the world of signals.
As a student I am learning more about the use of AR and VR, along with BIM (Building Information Model) and am very excited to find out what the future will hold in the world of technology. I feel very privileged to be able learn so much about these changes in technology both in school and at work. I have a whole semester ahead, and I am looking forward to working and helping out as much as I can during my time at JBKnowledge.