I normally do not consider myself paranoid. Perhaps there is a normal explanation for this thing, perhaps not... anyway maybe somebody can help me identify this thing:
Today, inspecting an oil leak in my car, I noticed an odd-looking projection on the rear right underside of the car's frame. I looked at it closer and it was clear it was not part of the car's undercarriage. I tried pulling it off and it came off in my hand; it had been held there by a strong magnet at its base. Here are some pictures I took:
(sorry bout the quality... i'm using cheap digital camera on a tiny object)
The object is about three-fourths of an inch long and half an inch wide. You can get an idea of scale from the second picture. It is composed of two halves which screw together, with two tiny batteries in the middle. The base has a strong magnet attatched and has a cavity for the batteries to fit in. The top screws into the bottom, and is topped by a clear dome housing some electronics. I can see that there is a bunch of tiny circuitry and a chip of some sort. I'm an amateur electrician, but I don't know enough to say what the circuitry and chip appear to be. Also, there are some thin wires extending across the dome.
Key things to note about this thing:
-tiny, sturdy (metal) and sleek
-self-powered, no external connections
-designed to be strongly attatched to something with a magnet
-has some circuitry
-no discernible function or interface (no LEDs, etc)
-there is no brand name or any writing or logo on or inside it
When I first considered these things, what popped into my head was something like the scene from that Batman movie where he puts a little magnetically-attatched tracking device on a bad guy's car and then Batman can tell where the car is from the signal coming from the thingy.
Then, I considered that that's just a freakin' movie, and there's no reason anybody would want to track me, and how would it work anyway (no clue what a radio transmitter looks like, so i can't tell you if it's got one).
Anway, my point is I'm very curious... anybody have any idea what the hell this thing could be?!
Tony from CT
P.S. this is my first post... i registered here to ask about this. if this isn't the right place to ask maybe somebody can tell me where i should post this.