lookator

While out and about, many of us search for available wireless networks to connect to, and Lookator gives you a whole new way to search. Viewing items on a map can be a bit confusing, especially if you are in an area that is loaded with buildings, but with the new view it is easy to tell.

After loading the free application, it will launch your phone's camera. Any available networks will be overlayed on the screen. The application will show you not only where the location is, but additionally the strength of the signal at that location so you are able to determine which you wish to select.

If you search for available networks while on the go, and want to be able to better determine where exactly the signal is coming from, this free application is a must-have for you. Video of it in action and download links are after the break. [via JK on the Run/Gigaom]

 
There are 7 comments

loganss says:

Looks like Yelp

Smokexz says:

I MUST HAS

Saiboogu says:

Don't see the point. Your phone doesn't have a directional antenna -- When it detects wifi networks, there's no way for the device to tell which direction it is and how far away. So all it can do is randomly scatter the networks around your view -- same as those WiFi "radar" apps for laptops.

smithe68 says:

Just installed and tested it, and I have to agree. Every wifi hotspot in the office I am in appear to all be in a cabinet on one side of the room, even though two of them were physically behind me.

Smokexz says:

Agreed, this led me to my front door and with a weak signal apparently, when I was right in front of my home router with great signal strength. It is a nice concept but it's just not really... perfect :\

icebike says:

Like most WIFI mappers, you probably have to walk around for a while, or go around the block so it can map signal strength from more than one location.

If it uses google's database it might know where some of these are without a walk-about but I doubt it.

WarDrive (from the market) seems to map things quite precisely. I turn it on, put some music on my headphones and go for a walk. The mapping is quite precise IF you move around.

biggbrother2 says:

I never understood the point of these given the fact that almost all access points are secured nowadays. And if they are unsecured, you can be charged with theft for using it, unless the owner has given you permission.