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This Is What WIFI Really Looks Like According To A Former NASA Scientist (PICTURES)

06/08/2013 11:04 BST | Updated 06/10/2013 10:12 BST

What would WIFI look like if you could see it?

As it turns out, it would be incredibly psychedelic. And way too bright.

It's a question that's been tackled before by various researchers, but the results have never been this colourful, dramatic or Desktop Background-worthy.

Wi-Fi is an energy field that is transmitted as waves. The waves have a certain height, distance between them and travel at a certain speed. The distance between Wi-Fi waves is shorter than that of radio waves and longer than that of microwaves, giving Wi-Fi a unique transmission band that can't be interrupted by other signals.

This image shows an idealised Wi-Fi data transmitted over a band that is divided into different sub-channels, which are shown in red, yellow, green and other colours.

The new illustrations were produced with the help of M. Browning Vogel, a former researcher at NASA Ames lab. Follow the pics for more details about what they represent and how they were made.