Monday, November 24, 2008

G1: my Google phone tells me when it's transmitting

I was an early adopter of the G1, and since the day I began using it I noticed a dim pulsing sensation through my implant while holding the phone a certain way. This morning I finally got the location down, and was able to produce the phenomena repeatably by sending messages, web browsing and panning around on Google maps.

The little yellow dot shows the approximate location of my implant, and the red circle shows where the sensations are strongest.

To be honest, I have no idea what is causing a pulsing magnetic field during data transmission. The antenna is in close proximity, but the sensations directly over it are much less pronounced than other areas. Also, transmitting antennas produce electromagnetic waves (which don't wiggle magnets) - not magnetic fields. Perhaps the EM is inducing a magnetic field in the nearby speaker (directly above the red region in the picture.) Regardless, it's kind of cool to feel the 'packets' or 'data bursts' or whatever and seeing how the little send/receive display syncs up with what's actually going on.

1 comment:

fs454 said...

I really think its related to what you hear on speakers when you're on an EDGE network and your phone is near speakers.

My iPhone does this all the time with the speakers in my room. I've got it down to a science, which sequence of blips means what.

beep bebep beeep bepep beep bebep (continuing) - recieving a text mesage

beep bebep beep bebep beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep - incoming/outgoing phonecall initiating

etc, hahah.

I've noticed that 3G transmissions barely make much speaker noise, but its still there, in sort of "poppy" bursts.

This has to be the same thing you're feeling?