In order to witness the demo, all spectators were required to read and sign a release.
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They were also required to put their laptops and other electronics into a large antistatic bag for "safety purposes." This later turned out just to be part of a trick; read the blog on the demo to find out more.
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The setup includes two large cages made of conducting material. The first cage is half-open and houses a 1-million-watt Tesla coil.
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The second case is for spectators to stay inside during the demo to be shielded from lightning bolts and EMP.
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The new Rugged Portable Thunderbolt that IoSafe announced at the end of CES 2012 was used for the demo. This drive is the same as the Rugged Portable released a year ago, but now it comes with two Thunderbolt ports, instead of USB or FireWire.
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The Tesla coil operator, named Dr. Megavolt, explained how the Tesla coil works.
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The drive is loaded with a few data files, including a Word document with random messages picked by the audience.
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And the zapping begins. The Tesla coil emitted really loud noises and lightning bolts that ignited two wooden sticks.
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And then it's the Rugged Portable Thunderbolt's turn.
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The drive was left to be struck by the electrical discharge for few moments.
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After that, the drive was hooked back up to the MacBook. Note the green light that shows it's working.
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And the messages and other data files were still there. Check out the blog post to read more.
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