Thursday, March 16, 2006

The use of EMP on TV and in FILM


Ok so for those of you who don't know what an EMP is, it stands for Electro-Magnetic Pulse, and it's basically a massive magnetic field that forms and collapses very quickly. If a large enough one is generated it can incapacitate any electronic device within range, leaving eveything else intact.
It is this property that led to the use of EMP and EMP weapons in TV shows and films, however usually they activate an EMP to eliminate a threat then boot up all their computers and electronic devices again working fine! It is true that current and power would be restored shortly after the burst, but most microchips and IC's would be fried even if they where not active due to current being induced in them, and certainly all harddrives and memory storage devices would be completely wiped clean!

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

its the future. technology had come a long way and such things were no longer applicable when shut down. in the future they had discovered much better hard drives etc that could witstand such things

1:06 p.m., March 16, 2006  
Blogger Marty said...

Fair point, had the discussion been about the future, many shows/films set in the present day, such as stargate or threshold use this cliche

1:09 p.m., March 16, 2006  
Blogger Niall said...

Or Ocean's 11, but let's not get started with those films.

8:23 a.m., March 20, 2006  

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