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iSPOTS

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img source: http://ispots.mit.edu/images/JPGtop.JPG

[ …. The iSPOTS project aims at describing changes in living and working at MIT by mapping the dynamics of the wireless network in real-time. Thus, the complex and dispersed individual movement patterns that make up the daily life of the campus can be revealed, helping TO answer many questions: Which physical spaces are preferred for work in the MIT community? How could future physical planning of the campus suit the community’s changing needs? Which location-based services would be most helpful for students and academics?…] and and how else can this data be used?

– the website includes data renderings, and realtime location/instensity maps of people using mobile phones on the campus.

URL: http://ispots.mit.edu/ 

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Written by ajsteggell

May 24, 2007 at 5:13 pm

Antenna aesthetics: urban

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Examples of disguised sites in urban spaces

The award winning Aberdeen Umbrella (2006)
http://www.publicdataweb.com/PDW/images/images/News_Tender-image.jpg

Colour panels
The antenna panels blend in with the structure.
http://www.cellularpcs.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_cells.ventblvd.encino.p1010.jpg

CEV Hatch with Bench
This bench hatch of a CEV (controlled environmental vault) used to house telecommunications equipment in a large, underground room.
http://www.cellularpcs.com/gallery/albums/userpics/10001/normal_cells.cev.bench.P1020038.jpg

Wifi access point on top of traffic light
http://blogs.chron.com/techblog/archives/access.jpg

Written by ajsteggell

May 24, 2007 at 4:15 pm

Antenna aesthetics: camouflage/buildings

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Written by ajsteggell

May 24, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Antenna aesthetics: on the move

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Watch her dance
Pole dancer for car radio:
http://www.yournutz.com/store/antenna-doll-raven-black-hair-pi-73.html?zenid=91e9952eb5e706b5eed227cc968a2553

Sniffer Girl
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/202/521162775_0a6bf41c4d.jpg?v=0

A “hidden” car roof antenna
http://www.stealth.ae/plugins/custompages/images/940b_14.jpg

Print your own book!
http://www.archive.org/iathreads/emailed-posts/brewster1033004364.P1010021.JPG

A donkey carrier: http://www.fototime.com/24784734E056C6A/standard.jp

Weight lifter
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/249/523838271_baecf0321f.jpg?v=0

High altitude balloon
High altitude balloon with VLF receiver and launch vehicle just before take off
http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/inspire/clip_image002_0002.jpg
A video still of the balloon in flight (looks like a flying condom)
http://image.gsfc.nasa.gov/poetry/inspire/clip_image002_0004.jpg

The balloon that captured the first resolved images of the early universe.
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/images/boomerang-browse.jp

The first portable satellite reception system in middle east (2004)
Small , Cheap & Light only 8 kg designed by Dr.Abdel.hamid farrag

holding it: http://farragsat.33host.com/images/hamidhand2.jpg
stroking it: http://farragsat.33host.com/images/ahmed1.jpg
on the car boot: http://farragsat.33host.com/images/adjust004.jpg

Watching tellitubies: http://www.klug.us/images/20months/babystroller2.jpg

Written by ajsteggell

May 24, 2007 at 1:04 pm

Antenna aesthetics: nature?

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Here are some examples of camouflaged antennas resembling nature’s wonders.

  • Rock

A boulder offered by Larson Camouflage offering services for mobile communications with headquarters in Tucson, Arizona.

hatch closed : http://www.utilitycamo.com/photos/CEV%201.jpg
hatch open: http://www.utilitycamo.com/photos/CEV%202.jpg

This Wireless Rock in Santa Susana Pass, California houses one or more wireless antennas. The lifting ring bolt at the top of the rock is a nice touch.

outside view: http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/userpics/10001/normal_cells.cellrock.PC040009.jpg
inside view (with 2 coaxial cables showing that the rock transmits and receives): http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/userpics/10001/normal_cells.cellrock.inside.PC040016.jpg

A rock with a warning sign by Nextel at its Rocky Peak site in the Santa Susana Pass, California.

rock: http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/userpics/10001/normal_cell.cellrock.nextel.PC040013.jpg
warning sign: http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/userpics/10001/normal_PC040012.JPG

  • Cactus

Spot the antenna?

Saquaro Fountain Hills, Arizona: http://www.utilitycamo.com/photos/FtnHills1.jpg

  • Tree stub

http://www.wallybloss.com/images/Antenna_in_tree.jpg

  • Palm

California dreamtime, a palm in the sunset: http://www.utilitycamo.com/photos/sunpalms.jpg

A cell palm with a diamond shaped date!
(The “date” is a microwave panel for saving the carrier the cost of leasing a data line from the local telephone company.)

http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/userpics/10001/normal_cells.palmdesert.cellpalmdate.pa190017.jpg

Pretty sad palms in Sprint’s Desert Hot Springs monopalm site.

http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/userpics/10001/normal_cells.deserthotsprings.sprint.61400-B.Pierson.Blvd.PA220040.jpg

  • Pine

A pine antenna in San Diego County. The red light on the top of the cell pine tree warns off low flying helicopters.

http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/userpics/10001/normal_cell-i5-SanDCA-P1300007.jpg

A monopine – Lake Elsinore, California

http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/userpics/10001/normal_cells.lakeelsinore.monopine.20050426.P4260027.jpg

  • Bison

Verizon’s cellular bison, located in Carr, Colorado

distant: http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/ftp-noncamo/normal_cells.colorado.vzw.bison.i25.20060323.DSCN4188.jpg
close view: http://www.kramerfirm.com/cells/albums/ftp-noncamo/normal_cells.colorado.vzw.bison.i25.20060323.DSCN4181.jpg

Written by ajsteggell

May 24, 2007 at 12:04 pm