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March 22, 2008

Name the Thing Contest – 43

at 1:02 am. Filed under Contests


Congratulations to the last contest winner.
The prize this week will help you use your computer and look stylish while you are doing it. (It’s a finger mouse)
This contest will run for one week (March 22 – 28, 2008) . Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item pictured above and give an example of what can be done with it. Please do not give the answer in the comments.


Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with "Name the Thing Contest" as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

  • The name of the item in the above picture
  • An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries.


Added March 28 2008 

The item to guess was a hydraulically powered wheel motor

The winner is Erik van G.

Thanks to all who entered.


Below is a picture of the prize.



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16 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 43”

  1. Mr. Maigo Says:

    yay, something not electronic, I’m better at these

  2. Lewis Says:

    It’s a wheel.

  3. Kevin Says:

    yay, got it too!

  4. Lukas Says:

    non *** *** for one wheel 😀

  5. Alan Parekh Says:

    Time to mix things up a bit… Please don’t give any hints for this one since I am thinking it would be very simple with a hint. 🙂

  6. Mike Says:

    This one took some time to come up with the image; I guess it was payback for finding the last one so quickly 🙂

  7. Headbonk Says:

    Wait are we supposed to name the thing in the top picture or name the thing strapped to the finger?

  8. Scorpion Says:

    it is for the top picture but it could be a trick as im stumped to what the picture below is?

  9. Kevin Says:

    it’s a finger optical mouse

  10. Alan Parekh Says:

    That’s right it’s a finger mouse. I have added that description in the main text. You just point to a surface and use it like a normal mouse.

  11. Scorpion Says:

    O right cheers for responding to that it looked very odd but thats cleared it up. thanks again

  12. pryapart Says:

    This *thing* is one of two wheel sensors from an old hydraulic trackball. This is a rare photo of one in good shape. They used a ball to move the wheels, but the ball was a bowling-ball without the holes drilled in it. Needless to say the whole setup was a bit cumbersome, but computers were slower back then too. Broken or leaky hydraulic lines/fittings often left a thin hydraulic fluid sheen on many parts. GUI used to mean Gooey User Interface due to this residue. As we all know now GUI has since morphed into Graphical User Interface, but has kept its original pronunciation.

  13. Alan Parekh Says:

    LOL, that’s a good one pryapart!

  14. Erik Says:

    I’m vary surprised to find this picture here…
    This is defenately the new input device for the WII! The device is developed to get the WII into the jogging-scene. Either it measures the speed the user is running or helping the user when he/she is slowing down. There is still a small problem because it slightly overcompensates…..

  15. Alan Parekh Says:

    Winner announced!

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