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EMF Generation

  1. Apr 2, 2009 #1
    To star this post off, I would like to say that I am in not an expert in any field of physics but I do have an interest.

    So, my question is... Can the human body produce an EM field that is strong enough to affect electronic devices?

    Examples.

    computers- I'm pretty competent with them but for what ever reason they do not seem agree with me. Not just my own, but ever computer i touch seems to get glichy when I'm using it.

    street lights- I have had 5 streets lights in a row turn off while walking by them.

    I am willing to accept this as coincidence so any answer would be appreciated, but not smart-*** ones.
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 2, 2009 #2
    Especially during dry cold winter days, the human body can easily produce a static electricity discharge capable of damaging electronic equipment.

    From firsthand experience:

    As I touched a Compaq laptop's plastic case a number of years ago, I got a healthy static shock, which instantly blew out the laptop's system board. I had to order another system board, as the one that blew out wouldn't even power up after that (deader than a door nail). All day long I was touching ground to discharge myself and I had done so just a minute or so prior to touching the laptop, but the least little movement in that leather chair was charging me right back up again.
     
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