I would like to give a short update on my post iOS 10.2.1 / iPhone 6s / beeline app 1.0.2 488 — after firmware update because I found out something important.
First of all, the fw update really seems to make the device behave much better:
1. calibration works much better/quicker now (you do not make to be that extra slow movements to fill the magnet)
2. the pointing in a direction is much more stable now and consistent with the direction to the target.
But now comes my very interesting discovery I'd like to share with you...
After I took my bike for a ride yesterday to the movies, I wanted to test beeline on the way back. So I attached the device to my handlebar of the bike. I did a quick calibration which went really well.
Then I put on my gloves, because it is still very cold outside in Bremen/Germany right now. But as soon as I put my gloves on the handlebar to start driving the magnet-symbol appeared in the display of the device.
That was the moment I was like, huh!? What happened?
And seconds later I became aware, that my gloves may be a major source of magnet disturbace. I am using Outdor convertible gloves from "Roeckl", which can easily be converted to completely enclosing the fingers.
I have put some pictures up here:
This shows the glove with the convertible upper part which I usually put on while driving.
The upper part of the glove if hold while not in use by a neodymium magnet residing inside of the textile(!) layers of the glove.
There even is another counterpart magnet or metalpiece(!) to hold the thing in place while not in use.
You can buy similar gloves right now on amazon.
I actually love these gloves a lot. Because they easily allow for quick switch in mode and allow to operate e.g your bike lock and attach lights while the cap is off and while driving you put the cap on.
BUT well, as you see there are rather strong magnets inside of these gloves. I figured, that even holding them in a rather far distance of about 20 cm already has a severe effect / impact on the beeline device pointing indicator.
Nevertheless I drove home with my gloves on. And since I had TWO magnets (one on each side of the handlebar) I suppose the accumulated effects neutralized themselves a bit... because though the magnetic disturbance/failcalibration symbol was shown the pointing indicator worked quite okay.
I had to share this with you guys. It came to a surprise for myself, because I had long forgotten about my gloves operating on neodym magnets. LOL.
I hope this may help in further improving the beeline device.
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