Connect or Not

September 2014


Author: Selena Savic

ConnectOrNot is produced as part of the Emperor’s New Architecture doctoral research in the impact wireless communication has on our experience of space. It is meant to collect data for practical experimentation and prototyping of interactive environments. The app is developed within the SINLAB research project by Selena Savić and Louis David Jean Magarshack as part of her PhD thesis. It is released under the GNU GPLv3. The aim of the Emperor’s New Architecture research is to demonstrate how wireless networks inhabit physical space. Can the presence of wireless signals define the space and its use in a similar way like physical structure does? What happens when wireless signals meet the built environment? How can we explore the electromagnetic environment formed by our wireless communication? ConnectOrNot is a tool that actively captures your smartphone’s usage of cell towers and WIFI traffic exchange. However, it does not record or save any personal information (like websites you browse, HTTP packets, passwords, etc) It only records the quantities of data exchange. Thus, it is using your phone as an electromagnetic metering device.