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[ …. 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.


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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)

Colour panels
The antenna panels blend in with the structure.

CEV Hatch with Bench
This bench hatch of a CEV (controlled environmental vault) used to house telecommunications equipment in a large, underground room.

Wifi access point on top of traffic light

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May 24, 2007 at 4:15 pm

Antenna aesthetics: camouflage/buildings

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May 24, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Antenna aesthetics: on the move

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Watch her dance
Pole dancer for car radio:

Sniffer Girl

A “hidden” car roof antenna

Print your own book!

A donkey carrier:

Weight lifter

High altitude balloon
High altitude balloon with VLF receiver and launch vehicle just before take off
A video still of the balloon in flight (looks like a flying condom)

The balloon that captured the first resolved images of the early universe.

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

holding it:
stroking it:
on the car boot:

Watching tellitubies:

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 :
hatch open:

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:
inside view (with 2 coaxial cables showing that the rock transmits and receives):

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

warning sign:

  • Cactus

Spot the antenna?

Saquaro Fountain Hills, Arizona:

  • Tree stub

  • Palm

California dreamtime, a palm in the sunset:

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.)

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

  • Pine

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

A monopine – Lake Elsinore, California

  • Bison

Verizon’s cellular bison, located in Carr, Colorado

close view:

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May 24, 2007 at 12:04 pm