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Old July 13th, 2010, 08:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So yesterday I found out that the Droid Incredible is also a magnet. Seriously.

On the back where the speaker is, you can pick up paper clips and small metal objects like that.

I have no idea what the practical application for this is, but I thought it was cool.

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I think someone posted that the Incredible can be used as a metal detector...might have something to do with...?

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don't speakers have magnets?
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Old July 13th, 2010, 08:20 AM   #4 (permalink)
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It was me who posted about the metal detector. Search the market for metal detector

And yes, the magnet is used by the speaker and compass, and me to pick up staples...
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I doubt the compass magnet is strong enough to do anything like this, it's just the side-effect of speakers using magnets to drive them.

The metal detector app uses the internal compass, which is magnetic and very sensitive. The speaker magnet only exists to drive the speaker.

Funny find, though. I have a pair of shorts that use weak magnets in place of buttons on the pockets - I wonder if the speaker magnet is strong enough to open my pocket?
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Funny find, though. I have a pair of shorts that use weak magnets in place of buttons on the pockets - I wonder if the speaker magnet is strong enough to open my pocket?
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Hardly a practical use, but somebody noted that the magnet will cause a Macbook Pro to go to sleep when the phone is set to the left of the track pad. Haha.
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Hardly a practical use, but somebody noted that the magnet will cause a Macbook Pro to go to sleep when the phone is set to the left of the track pad. Haha.
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Hardly a practical use, but somebody noted that the magnet will cause a Macbook Pro to go to sleep when the phone is set to the left of the track pad. Haha.
I actually tried this on my brother's mb pro and it worked! He freaked out thinking I had broken his computer.
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Hardly a practical use, but somebody noted that the magnet will cause a Macbook Pro to go to sleep when the phone is set to the left of the track pad. Haha.
I've tried it with my MacBook and it doesn't work. I'll have to try with my Dad's MacBook pro and see if he freaks out
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It was me who posted about the metal detector. Search the market for metal detector

And yes, the magnet is used by the speaker and compass, and me to pick up staples...
Solid state hall effect magnetometers like the ones used in modern smart phones do not have magnets in them. The only magnet inside the Incredible would be the speaker driver.
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