The metal detector we're all used to walking through at courthouses and airports got its start as the usual machinery made to keep the worker under the boot of the employer. The Germans created metal detectors as a more time-efficient method of searching workers leaving the factory.
Today we walk through metal detectors to get into courthouses, airports, and even concert venues. But back in the 1920s the first walk-through metal detectors weren't invented for finding weapons (or nail clippers), they were invented for searching would-be thieves.
In 1985, officials in Kimberly, Wisconsin buried a time capsule. They were supposed to open it this year to commemorate the village's 100th anniversary, but they've run into something of a snag: no one knows where the damn thing is.
A Belgian jail's metal detector falters whenever attractive lawyers visit, allegedly because it's too sensitive to the underwire in bras. To ensure they're not packing guns, the lawyers are then asked to remove their bras to enter the jail.
Why jumping onto the conveyor belt for an x-ray would cross anyone's mind is beyond me. If you're trying to prove that you're not carrying metal, you've succeeded. But you've also proved that you're crazy enough to be a terrorist.
This DIY oil detector, essentially a modified metal detector, is the hottest new accessory for city-dwelling hipsters worldwide. Plus, it matches terrifically with a beard.
Someone did an application to detect metal using the Android G1. Is this because the G1 is more smartypanties than other smartphones? Is it magic perhaps? No, it's a clever use of the built-in compass.
Click to view We'll admit it: we'll lack the ambition to perform most of the hacks you read about on Giz. But taping a calculator to an AM radio to make a metal detector? That's right up our alley. And by "right up our alley" we mean probably still too much effort...but not by much.
It's been a big week for the Rolling Stones. First, Keith Richards admits to snorting his father's ashes in what might just be the most insane and awesome admission by a celebrity ever, and now former Stones bassist Bill Wyman is releasing his own signature metal detector.
This isn't a real product yet, but it seems that Nokia has a patent for a metal-detecting phone. While it was originally designed to assist folks with bad hearing, the induction coil in the phone can double as a metal detector for wanding down your friends and neighbors. Don't look for this in the next E61, however,…