Holding the Car Remote to Your Head Increases Its Range
Nowadays, a car’s keyless entry remote, for lack of a better word, sucks. A car owner practically has to be next to the car to get it to work. Alas, there are numerous tips such as holding the remote to your chin with your mouth slightly open to increase the range of the remote signal. Is this just an old tech wives tale, or is there something legit about this voodoo car magic?
Although it sounds absolutely bonkers when you first hear it (and actually it sounds just as crazy even after you do
some research on it), this actually works. And for good reason, too: The oral cavity and fluids in your skull do some kind
of crazy wizardry to the remote signal when you’re holding the key fob to your chin. It’s kind of like the reason why
those ancient “rabbit ear” TV antennas gave you better reception when you were touching them.
However, Keyless entry remotes are great, but they don’t always work how you want them to. One of the most
common complaints is that they just don’t reach far enough, and there’s nothing more annoying when you can’t
remember where you parked. After all, what’s the point of having “remote” entry if you have to be right next to the car for it to work?
Surprisingly, the key to fixing this is actually in your head. If you touch the remote to your head while pressing the button, you can unlock your car from a further distance. For even better results, hold it under your chin and open your mouth.
According to radio engineer Tim Pozar, you’re essentially turning your skull into an antenna. The fluids in your head make it a good enough conductor to actually increase the range of your key fob.
So, if you want to make your car remote more effective, just use your head. You may get some funny looks, but it just might save you a trip outside the next time your car alarm goes off.
By Victoria E.I