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David Edward Hughes' Harp
DavidHughes
"Rebecca, how do you play S.O.S. in A flat minor?!"

- Jack Secord

Origin

David Edward Hughes

Type

Harp

Effects

Transmits radio waves

Downsides

None Identified

Activation

Playing

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Scientia-732T

Aisle

848130-7549

Shelf

426994-8020-750

Date of Collection

November 24, 2015

[Source]


OriginEdit

David Edward Hughes (1831-1900) was an English-American inventor and musician, known for his creation of the carbon microphone.

During his tenure as professor of music at St. Joseph's College, Bardstown, Kentucky, Hughes earned critical success with his invention of a type-printing telegraph in 1855, which pushed him to invent the carbon microphone in 1878. With further experimentation of the microphone and other audio equipment, Hughes observed that sound received in one device could be heard in a separate portable microphone apparatus up to 500 yards away. Mistakenly attributed as induction by his peers, Hughes had actually become the first person to transmit radio waves, almost a decade before the discovery of the electromagnetic spectrum.

EffectsEdit

Imbued with Hughes' discovery, playing this harp will transmit radio waves off of the strings. Each note produces a different frequency, which requires great mastery to replicate. Although not explicitly dangerous, it can still provide destructive interference with radio enabled devices.

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