Magnets are undeniably useful (for more than holding a grocery list or drawing to your refrigerator).
They're in a surprising number of common things that people use every day, but they don't get the credit they deserve for making life easier or more convenient. Not that MRI machines are not impressive, but we do tend to take for granted all the everyday items whose function are only possible because of magnets.
So, in no particular order, here are five underappreciated things improved by magnets.
Generally, speakers use magnets to convert electrical signals into audible sounds. We use them daily. This particular speaker, the Om Audio, goes a step further and floats a wireless speaker on a cloud of magnetic force. Supposedly it provides better sound quality because it can project sound better, providing 10 watt speaker quality with 3 watts. Let's be honest though, we like this because it looks cool, because magnets.
4. ELECTROMAGNETIC FIRE DOOR LOCK
This is something that is frequently seen in nearly every commercial building, yet its function is frequently underappreciated or unknown.
This is an electromagnetic fire door lock, and it is used in most commercial buildings because it has no moving parts to bind or wear out. The electromagnet is put on the door frame, an armature is mounted on the door, and when the magnet is energized, they bond, forming an extremely effective lock. It is ubiquitous because it meets the guidelines set by building and fire life safety codes, as well as security professionals.
3. MAGNETIC PHONE & TABLET MOUNT
Many people with smart phones or smart devices are usually glued to their screens. Until recently, many people would continue using their devices when they were in the car. Though phone use while driving is still a problem, many manufacturers have stepped up and provided MANY options of phone (and tablet) holders to choose from. Obviously, our favorite are the magnetic mounts, because they require no tweaking, twisting or twiddling.
2. MACBOOK CHARGER CABLES
Regardless of whether a person is a Mac or a PC, it is undeniable that the MacBook has a charger cable so brilliantly obvious that other manufacturers must be kicking themselves for not thinking about it first. How many laptops were sacrificed to tripping humans? How many damaged cords and chargers? How many messes made?
Turns out, the answer to so many woes is just to put a magnet on it.
1. BLACKJACK MAGNETIC BREAKAWAY BED CABLES
We might be slightly biased with including our BlackJack Bed Cables on this list, but like the MacBook charger cables, it's one of those things that are so obvious, it's surprising other manufacturers did not think of it already. With most hospitals using 37 pin connections for their beds and nurse call systems, it seems ridiculous that this solution did not come about sooner. Making and maintaining a consistent connection with 37 individual pins is not impossible or inherently flawed, but when it's put inside of a hospital room where things and people must move around frequently, it becomes problematic. Patients' safety depend on that connection, and like the MacBook charger, BlackJack is the most brilliantly obvious way to guarantee a connection AND prevent damage.