Enlarge /. The 5GBioShield, a USB stick that is supposed to protect you from 5G and other radio signals.
Supporters of 5G conspiracy theories appear to have bought a $ 350 anti-5G USB stick, which – not surprisingly – appears to be just a normal USB stick with only 128MB of memory.
As the BBC noted today, the "5GBioShield" USB flash drive was recommended by a member of the Glastonbury City Council's 5G Advisory Committee who requested an investigation by 5G. " The company, which sells 5GBioShield, claims it is "the result of the most advanced technology currently available to offset and prevent the devastating effects of non-natural electrical waves, particularly (but not limited to) 5G, for all biological life forms. "
The product's website charges £ 283 for a single 5 GBioShield, which is almost $ 350. It costs "to get protection for your home and family thanks to the portable holographic nano-layer catalyst that can be carried or placed near a smartphone or other electrical, radiation or EMF emitting device" .
"The 5GBioShield, thanks to a uniquely applied method of quantum nano-layer technology, makes it possible to compensate for the unbalanced electrical vibrations caused by all the electrical fog that is caused by all devices such as laptops, cordless phones, WiFi, tablets, etc. "The company added that the USB stick" brings the balance at the atomic and cellular level into the field and reproduces all harmful (ionized and non-ionized) rays in a balanced manner. "
The USB stick does not seem to have to be connected to anything to unfold its magic. "It is always on and working – that's why we used quantum nano-layer technology," says a company FAQ.
However, the device supposedly creates a wider protective field when it is plugged in. To answer the question of whether the stick needs to be "regularly charged", the frequently asked questions say: "No – the input charge only extends the field effect from a radius of 4 m to 20 m + radius if connected to a USB Charger or a computer connected. "
Fortunately, you can use 5 GBioShield without disabling your WiFi. According to the company, the USB stick does not block any Wi-Fi signals. Instead, the product "converts" the signals and "harmonizes all harmful frequencies into life-affirming frequencies".
Teardown confirms: it is only a USB stick
But what is the 5GBioShield actually made of? The BBC pointed out a recent demolition of the security company Pen Test Partners, which found that the device was just a USB stick with 128 MB of memory. The company wrote:
When connecting to our test machine, we may have missed the bubble of "quantum holographic catalyst technology".
The stick is loaded with a 25-page PDF version of the material from the 5GBioShield website. It contained questions and answers about distances for the "bubble" and how to know if it works. It appears to be an "always on" system that always works, is powered or not, so no visual checks are required.
A review of the properties of the stick revealed nothing more than what you would expect from a normal 128 MB USB stick. We weren't even sure if 128s were still in production!
Ultimately, "the 5G BioShield is nothing more than a 5-pound USB stick with a sticker," wrote Pen Test staff. "Whether the sticker offers £ 300 worth of quantum holographic catalyst technology is up to you."
Pen Test Partners said that "trade standards bodies should investigate this product," and it appears that this is happening now. "The BBC has since informed London Trading Standards that it has launched an investigation," the BBC article said.
Here are pictures from the 5GBioShield website and the demolition carried out by Pen Test Partners:
The Anti-5G USB sticks are sold individually or in sets of three with a small discount.
The 5GBioShield website shows how the product can change your "aura radiation".
A less technical explanation of how 5GBioShield works.
5GBioShield apparently surrounds your entire home in a healthy aura.
Here is the 5 GBioShield tested by Pen Test Partners.
Another shot of Pen Test Partners' 5GBioShield.
Pen Test Partners took off this sticker, but found nothing unusual underneath.
Teardown confirms: it is only a USB stick.
According to the company, research is too sensitive to disclose
How will the company defend itself? Anna Grochowalska, Sales Manager at BioShield, told the BBC: "We have a lot of technical information with a lot of historical background." And "we are not authorized to disclose all of this sensitive information to third parties for obvious reasons."
Grochowalska also denied the analysis that the USB stick is only worth 5 pounds:
"Regarding the cost analysis your research has done, I believe that the lack of detailed information will not lead you to accurately calculate our costs and production costs, including intellectual property rights, etc.", she said.
"It is difficult, therefore, to take your assessment seriously because you have obviously not examined the background information in a meaningful way."
One person who takes 5GBioShield claims seriously is Toby Hall, one of the members of the 5G Advisory Committee of the Glastonbury City Council. Hall told the BBC that he "felt calmer" when using 5 GBioShield. Hall said: "He didn't regret buying it and since connecting it has had positive effects, including the ability to sleep through the night and have more dreams, "wrote the BBC.
Hall "also thought the company might be able to develop a system that would protect the entire city of Glastonbury from the effects of electromagnetic radiation," the BBC said.
Anti-5G conspiracy theories have recently been expanded to include claims that cellular technology is spreading the coronavirus, resulting in loons burning cell towers. John Timmer, editor of Ars Science, said in a previous story: "Radio frequency radiation is relatively low in energy and cannot break chemical bonds. Like the nearby microwave frequencies, it can heat tissues human tissue. And … at the population level, there’s no evidence that radiation from these sources is a risk. "
5GBioShield "normalized my energy"
The 5GBioShield website contains a list of testimonials from people who claim to exist and use the product to cure all types of health problems. "Thank you very much! After only three days of BioShield in my house, my brain fog and tiredness have disappeared and I feel like I have 100% more energy," said a testimonial from "Edward".
"I don't know if it's a placebo effect or not, but I have a growing sense of wellbeing that stems directly from my instinctive need to survive deep in my abdominal center," Jim wrote.
Although the product manufacturer says the device works without being connected, some of its users seem to think differently. "A minute and a half after I plugged it in, I felt something wrong disappear in the air," Daniela wrote.
Chris, who described 5GBioShield as an "incredible product", is quoted as saying: "I noticed that my field has achieved coherence and eliminated the hectic energy. Above all, it has enabled me to access higher vibrations and the pineal gland help. I'm more deliberate. " and in contact with others on a non-verbal level. Where I live, there is WiFi and 4-g everywhere, and your organic shield makes it bearable. All of you who have developed this have done an incalculable service to humanity. "
Trust Dr. D.
Someone who was only identified as "Dr. D" claimed to be a doctor and said that he had "put a USB device under my pillow and expected nothing to happen". But later Dr. D that he felt "a strange" tingling "… I suspect that the USB device has in some way normalized my energy as it should and not negative or harmful."
5GBioShield can apparently also help dogs fall asleep later. Cathy, who reports "strong electrical sensitivity", inserted the USB stick into her laptop before going to bed and said: "The next morning the dog I was looking after did not wake up until I appeared at 10 a.m. rather than between 6 and 7 o'clock and he was still tired. It never happened in the 7 years I've known him. "
Cathy herself was deeply affected by 5GBioShield and said that the product had restructured reality itself. "The first night just before bedtime, I felt an ever deeper feeling of relaxation, as if I were sinking into something," Cathy wrote. "As this went deeper, I experienced the understanding that reality was being restructured at a very deep level."