Saturday, November 05, 2005

MIT Maps Wireless Use on Campus


Leave it to MIT to create an educational visualization of on-campus wireless Internet use:

Blanket wireless service is reason enough to celebrate on a campus where most of the 10,000 students own laptop computers and many work into the not-so-wee hours of the morning. IS&T and the MIT Museum are commemorating the achievement with an exhibition called "iSpots," which features three electronic real-time maps of campus wireless use projected onto large Plexiglas rectangles that appear to float in the room.

"Laptops and WiFi are creating a revolutionary change in the way that people work," said Carlo Ratti, architect and director of the SENSEable City Lab in MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning. "iSpots aims to visualize these changes by monitoring the traffic on the wireless network and showing how people move around campus.

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