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Electromagnetic Radiation Visualization Glasses

Whoa, trippy man.
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Lets you see a visual approximation of various electromagnetic waves flying around you at any given time.

Directional antennas on the glasses would pick up radio, radar, microwave etc radiation, approximate it's source direction, strength, frequency, type of transmission and create a color coded cartoonlike 3d display superimposed over whatever it is you were looking at.

So for instance, if you were standing in a peaceful meadow, through these glasses you'd see thick red colored waves coming from that radio station 30 miles away, thin blue waves coming from out of the sky from whatever GPS satellites are overhead, small little green waves coming from your cellphone etc.

Why? Good question.

doctorremulac3, May 22 2014

Lousy example but the basic idea http://www.youtube....watch?v=n1HnuYUjG-4
I'm picturing something a little more artistically satisfying than the example here. [doctorremulac3, May 22 2014]

Yea, this is more like it! http://www.youtube....watch?v=cfXzwh3KadE
Skip forward to 2:40 [doctorremulac3, May 22 2014]

RF goggles RF_20Goggles
2000! [bungston, May 22 2014]

Spectrolenses Spectrolenses
2004 [bungston, May 22 2014]

Alien View Screen Alien_20View_20Screen
2002 [bungston, May 22 2014]

Undernicenfog toggles Undevicenifoggles
2008 [bungston, May 22 2014]

Match motion demonstration - the words are all CGI http://www.youtube....watch?v=BN6OnDi1rEA
The idea would be to match motion rendered animated radio wave looking things superimposed over your field of view. [doctorremulac3, May 22 2014]

Visible sound Visible_20sound
Tangentialy related idea [hippo, May 23 2014]

Colour_20hearing [spidermother, May 26 2014]

Ghost Detector https://www.kicksta...iphone-emf-detector
Similar, but simpler. Raised 35k on KS. [xkuntay, May 26 2014]


       Can I get the analogue version? It's wearable and weighs more, but scatters sprays of colored powder using pneumatics and enhances them with quadraphonic sound.
normzone, May 22 2014

       So this would be more on the order of showing you the source, strength and frequency as visual analogues, rather than trying to indicate the actual field, which would end up as a roughly uniform haze?
MechE, May 22 2014

       Yes, there'd be great use of artistic license up to and including lightning bolt shapes shooting out of that microwave tower across the street, expanding concentric circles emanating from a person walking by with a cellphone, wavy lines radiating from that airplane overhead, that sort of thing.   

       I'd imagine there would have to be a limit to how many representations would be shown at one time since there are probably hundreds or even thousands of signals coming in from every direction depending on what you're looking at. Radio wave, radar, microwave etc.   

       It would be designed to look cool without just being a bunch of visual mush.
doctorremulac3, May 22 2014

       [+], but I have a feeling that to get any kind of resolution you'll need antennae at least as long as the wavelength of whatever you're looking at.
MaxwellBuchanan, May 22 2014

       This concept is a perpetual favorite on the HB. Maybe there should be a category.
bungston, May 22 2014

       Yea, this land fellow from way back in 2000 seems to hit on the idea.   

       I'll leave mine up because... hmm, let me think. It got more specific about how the wave information would be "rendered" to the view overlay. Yea, that's the ticket.   

       But yea, the idea has been thought of before. This would be a computer generating 3d "match motion" style overlay artwork so it probably is specific enough to be left up though.   

       (see link)
doctorremulac3, May 22 2014

       + This I love from an artist's point of view.
xandram, May 23 2014

       I am wearing glasses at the moment which allow me to visualise electromagnetic waves being emitted from and reflecting from things. They only seem to work in a narrow portion of the electromagnetic spectrum, but they're pretty good.
hippo, May 23 2014

       It'd make looking for a cellphone sweetspot easier. I smell a Google Glass plug-in.
FlyingToaster, May 23 2014

       + but I think something that connects to the smartphone and has an app is a better business model.
pashute, May 26 2014


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