Day F: The Faraday Cage #AtoZChallenge

The new Roku remote, purchased as an upgrade so I could listen to the television through earbuds, didn’t work as planned. Periodically, without warning, the sound left the earbuds and reverted to the TV speakers.

(That’s not  a technical explanation. It’s just the best I can do.)

After several momentarily successful fixes–push this button, push that button, push the other button–David said my laptop might be causing interference and he would build a Faraday cage.

A what?

An enclosure to block electromagnetic fields, named after the inventor, English scientist Michael Faraday.

He constructed two, neither of which resembled the one in Wikipedia:

By Antoine Taveneaux [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons
The beta looked like this:

Faraday cage Beta

The working model looks like this:

Faraday cage 

When the sound continued to cut out, David investigated further and discovered the batteries were at 0%. He changed the batteries.

Believing there was more to the malfunction than maxed-out-batteries–after all, sometimes they worked and sometimes they didn’t–David suggested I continue to use the Faraday cage.

Better safe than soundless.

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We visited the Faraday Museum in London in 2002–David’s choice. It was much easier than my choice, St. Paul’s Cathedral. At the Faraday, we didn’t have to walk up a mile of stairs, and I didn’t get a bad case of acrophobia plus a mild case of the fantods in the Whispering Gallery.

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Read more Day F posts from the #AtoZChallenge here.

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