The purpose of exhibits in the Wireless Today Gallery is to help our visitors appreciate the breadth of wireless technologies that are impacting their lives and the on-going innovations in product design and applications that will continue for the foreseeable future. Artifacts and interactive elements of the exhibits will support our current and future oriented view of the Gallery. The goal of our approach is to help our visitors join the conversation about the many different wireless applications in their lives, the advantages they offer, the risks involved and the choices they have to make.


Smart Phone

A smart phone with a network connection is an integration or collection of many devices rolled into one case, including a telephone, a camera, a flashlight, a calculator, a radio, TV, and more.

Cell Phone

Your cell phone is part of a communication system that starts with a radio link between your phone and the nearest cell phone tower. Over the past 30 years, cell phones and their networks have evolved through four generations, from making phone calls to watching videos

Tubes to Transistors

The transition from the use of vacuum tubes to transistors in electric circuits has ushered in the digital age. Activate the demos to see how slow the response time of the vacuum tube is compared to the solid state transistor.

Integrating the Circuit

The first commercial product built with a transistor was a radio. It wasn’t long after that that engineers were wiring many transistors together on an “integrated circuit.” Trace the progress that has been made over the years, until now a single integrated circuit can have up to 7 billion transistors. This phenomenal technical progress is often referred to as Moore’s Law.

In 1942 as the United States reeled from the attack on Pearl Harbor, qualified trained male pilots critical to both fighting the war and delivering newly built trainer aircraft to the flight schools were in short supply.  Through photographs and video, explore the pioneering experiences of the WASP, paralleling the experiences of the women who served as WAVES and SPARS here in Chatham during the war.  Among the WASP assignments was towing gunnery targets, a dangerous task which led to the development of target drones.  (This popular special 2017 exhibit has been held over.)


Drone development since before World War II has brought us to today’s amazing flying computers. Our Phantom II Quadcopter is equipped with GPS,  a wireless connection to a controller, sophisticated electronics and a high resolution video camera. See the striking videos that can be taken from the air. Also, try your hand at our drone simulator. See if you can take off from the runway, fly around the countryside and land back at the airport.

Tracking Great White Sharks

Explore how scientists attach electronic to great white sharks when they come to Chatham in the summer and gather data about their movements throughout the year.

Automatic Identification System

Identify and track the movement of ships around Cape Cod using our live real-time Automatic Identification System (AIS).  Displays show local ship traffic in real time, how the system works, and how ships and shippers around the world can track each ship's nationality, size, position, movements and cargo data using AIS.

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