NE1 is a portable machine to sonically explore wireless networks. Built into a flight-case, the machine allows to experience network activity through sound.
NE1 captures wireless packets of data in its proximity, analyses them and translates their contents into square waves, resulting in a sound akin to white noise. Two ports accessible are built on the outside of the flight-case, an input port for antennas and an output port for headphones.
When shut, the flight-case can be carried around, as data is captured through the antenna, sonified and reproduced through the headphones. When open, a set of peripherals stored in the bottom half of the flight-case can connect to six ports built into the top half, each corresponding to a typology of network data. Upon receipt of a packet, a signal is sent to the relevant port, activating the peripheral connected to it. Plugging peripherals into different ports allows to tune into different slices of the network.
Peripherals are various in shape and scope: a set of speakers, a set of solenoids and a set of clamps. Together, they form an ensemble to play network activity back onto its physical surroundings.