Sunday Fun: Visualizing the Vibrations of Five Miles of Fiber Optic Cable

This new visualization helps us see the unseen: the underground fiber optic cables that lie beneath campus at Stanford University in California.

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May 21, 2017, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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The website of Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in London is presenting a visualization of a five-mile long, underground fiber optic cable in Palo Alto, California. The visualization translates the different kinds of external events affecting the cable, such as cars driving over the road above. Usually those events are considered noise and are filtered out—this experiment uses the events to witness the environment playing those cables like an instrument.

The visualization is the work of a partnership between V&A and Stamen Design.

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