Knitted Electromagnetic Shields

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From the technophobic department, Zoe Papadopoulou at the Royal Academy of Art is making these shields for anything electric, knitting a copper filament in her cozies and electrically grounding it. This provides some shielding from the electromagnetic fields these devices emit. Truth is, however, that the waves running through the air (cell phone frequencies, mainly) are a lot farther reaching than those from your toaster. That’s why they invented shielding fabric and paint! They’re still nice as a social commentary art piece, though. – [via] Link.

6 thoughts on “Knitted Electromagnetic Shields

  1. Funda says:

    Sure they are cute, but what exactly are they supposed to be blocking and why?

  2. Liz says:

    If they actually did anything, wouldn’t it be a bad idea to put one on a satellite dish? (At least, on one you plan to receive electromagnetic signals with…)

  3. Nightingale says:

    WOW! The way I kit, that would take about fifty years, so for me, it would be a colossal waste of time and yarn, not much of a social commentary. How about a sleeve blocking the whole house? They’re awful cute, though….. Maybe you could send them aas a gift to a major news agency to use as a part of their next geopolitical statement piece.

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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