Electromagnet inhales passwords

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From frequent commenter bratschegirl:

Seen backstage on a locked storage cabinet.

1. Press '#', start up the operator.
2. The cd screen shows "-",the cursor pulsates.
3. Enter your password,lcd screen shows it.
4. If the password is right,lcd screen shows "open" and the electromagnet inhale it.
5. Turn the crosshead to open the door.



  1. D.O. said,

    March 6, 2019 @ 11:42 am

    I guess "it" is not a password, but a cylinder that doubles down as a core or some such mechanical implement that electromagnet is actually capable of "inhaling".

  2. Victor Mair said,

    March 6, 2019 @ 12:41 pm

    Cf. "DC 5v 6v Miniature Suck Solenoid Push Pull Type Inhaled Micro Electromagnet 6mm"

    You can see a video of this device in action here.

    BTW, as Kundalini Yoga practitioners inhale and exhale deeply and slowly, their breathing resonates with the electromagnetic field around them. Ahem.

    Seriously, though, I have tracked down the source of "inhale" with regard to electromagnetic locks. See the introductory paragraph of this Chinese Wikipedia article on these devices where mention is made of xīlì 吸力. This term, which consists of two morphosyllables / sinographs meaning "inhale" and "power / strength / force", may be translated either as "suction" or "attraction". In this case, since we're talking about an electromagnet, it should be rendered as "attraction" (in the [electro]magnetic sense).

  3. Anthony said,

    March 6, 2019 @ 2:24 pm

    (So it seems bratschegirl is a working violist. Great, the world always needs them!)

  4. Lance said,

    March 6, 2019 @ 6:50 pm

    Yes! More working violists! The last violist I ordered through Amazon didn't work at all and I had to return it.

  5. bratschegirl said,

    March 6, 2019 @ 7:46 pm

    Squee! I made the blog!

    @Anthony: I am, indeed.

    @Lance: Amazon was your mistake. You can only get violist-shaped objects there, not real violists. The same is true for violas and violins, alas, to the chagrin of many instructors.

  6. tangent said,

    March 6, 2019 @ 11:15 pm

    @Anthony is that picture recognizably a viola safe, or what?

  7. Viseguy said,

    March 7, 2019 @ 12:11 am

    @tangent: https://www.google.com/search?q=bratsche

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