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Karl Ferdinand Braun's Cat’s Whisker Detector
Whisker

Origin

Karl Ferdinand Braun

Type

Semiconductor Diode

Effects

Lets the user control the direction and signal strength of radio signals

Downsides

Portions of the user’s mind are slowly uploaded into the signal

Activation

Attaching to a radio receiving or transmitting device

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Babbage-1822

Aisle

440934-8496

Shelf

715379-3713-259

Date of Collection

June 2, 1962

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OriginEdit

Karl Ferdinand Braun was an inventor and physicist who contributed to the development of radio and television technology, sharing the 1909 Physics Nobel Prize with Guglielmo Marconi. During his time researching radio signals, he worked on solving transmission problems during wireless telegraphy. To help solve this, he invented a crystal diode rectifier, the cat’s whisker. Although now obsolete, the component converted pulses of radio waves commonly used in Morse code into audible taps and holds.

EffectsEdit

The user must attach the diode to a device capable of interacting with radio waves to activate it. They are able to control the direction the message is sent, the wavelength it is receivable on and even alter the contents of the signal. Each time will cause parts of the user’s mind to become absorbed by the radio waves until they cease brain activity. No heartbeat can be detected, only a constant buzz of static.

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