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April 4, 2009

Name the Thing Contest – 82

at 1:09 am. Filed under Contests

The prize this week is a hard drive enclosure. This contest will run for one week (April 4 – April 9, 2009) . 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.

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Added April 16, 2009

The item to guess was a Rubens Tube The picture was from here.

The winner is Michael I. (There were 321 entries)

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Below is a picture of the prize.

 

 


 

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40 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 82”

  1. mkeyFinn Says:

    Wow I actually know what this is, its a new fangled electric rotisserie cooker right, makes crunchy turkey in minutes yes?

  2. mkeyFinn Says:

    I had to expand my guess so I sent a new e-mail to clarify my guess, Is that ok?

  3. Zaketus Says:

    Wow, have to ask teacher if these could be bought for school ๐Ÿ˜€ Variation that they are now using, isn’t even close as fascinating as this is.

  4. Sรธren Says:

    @Zaketus, I think they are easier to build than buy, we have about ten of these at my school they are quite interesting, i once made a 3 meter long one for a garden party…

  5. Zaketus Says:

    Yeah, I just checked how these are made (I hadn’t heard of these before this contest) and I relized how simple these actually are.

  6. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi MikeyFinn,

    Sure that is no problem.

  7. Maigo Says:

    hot dog grill, duh

  8. wkuace Says:

    my physics teacher brought one in once. he did a big show about waves and other things it ended with him laying on a bed of nails and another teacher breaking bricks on him with a sledge hammer. he was the coolest teacher ever!!!!!!!!

  9. Alan Parekh Says:

    Wow that sounds like a cool teacher. I didn’t have anything like that in high school. ๐Ÿ™

  10. steve Says:

    first time I knew what it is and so dose everyone else, oh well I guess I’ll guess again

  11. mkeyFinn Says:

    My science teacher would blow things up, have us take notes, then blow some more stuff up. The first day of physics, he taught us why grain bins blow up so easily with flour air and a candle. Awesome fireballs that.

  12. Serge Says:

    First time I saw this in action I ALWAYS wanted to make one… there is just something very mystical about it.

  13. Alex Says:

    it has been on a show on Mythbusters.
    Watch out for it.
    It’s a nice contraption like the sensitive flame.

  14. Alex Says:

    Alan, did you get my E-mail??
    If not PM me back so I can send you the answer.

  15. Alan Parekh Says:

    Yup Mythbusters did it. They look so nice I am thinking of building one this summer. Not sure I would use it indoors though.

  16. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Alex,

    Don’t think I got your guess. Around the time of this comment post there were no emails from any Alex. You will get an automated confirmation email when it goes through successfully. Did you send your guess to the email listed in the contest body?

  17. wkuace Says:

    my chem teacher was the one that blew things up. soap bubbles full of natural gas, hydrogen filled balloons, lithium and sodium in water, and the “alcohol bottle rocket” where he swirled alcohol in a bottle and lit the opening. then it took off down the desk.

  18. binnur aker Says:

    i love it

  19. Almost_There Says:

    I know what that is… it’s a poor man’s oscilloscope

    (for audio frequencies only)

  20. Paul Says:

    It’s a gas grill, but the awesome part is what you did to it. It’s controlled by sound waves, so if you put music to it, it will be like the bar on media player. A representation of a EQ visualization. see the flames to my music.

  21. James Pawlik Says:

    How about an “Aural Wave Maker”! Reminds me too much about how my stocks have been fairing with “BO” at the helm!

  22. Vynn Says:

    So, who’s the winner? ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Vynn,

    It’s still open. Today is the last day.

  24. Vynn Says:

    Oh, yeah…um I forgot what day it ends, I thought it was already ended ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sorry for that mistake. And thank you for reply Alan ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. Alexander125 Says:

    I sent my e-mail but it didn’t seem to work
    Is there any way to send it via Yahoo?

  26. Alexander125 Says:

    and, yes i did send it to the adress

  27. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Alex,

    Any email client should work, the contest address is just a normal email account. The only thing that is special is the auto responder that sends a confirmation email back. There is a space on either side of the @ symbol to prevent spambots from finding the email and bombarding me with spam. The contest is over but I will let you sent in your answer since you have been trying to do this for a few days now. Please use this form to send in your guess and I will add it manually into the contest email folder.
    http://hackedgadgets.com/contact-us/

    Sorry for the hassle and good luck!

  28. Alexander125 Says:

    Hey, shouldn’t the contest have ended by now?

  29. Alexander125 Says:

    does the rig work with PVC??

  30. wkuace Says:

    i would say no. It might work for a minute but then it would probably melt. its best to use aluminum or steel. Just make sure you seal the ends up so there are no leaks where they not supposed to be. also you need to make sure its completely full of gas before lighting it (gas coming out of all the holes just give it a couple of min. before lighting) if not the flame could back up inside.
    just remember even a 2-3 foot long 3-4″ wide pipe holds a lot of gas so be careful

  31. Alan Parekh Says:

    Yes the contest is over the winner is not always announced right away. In this case it will be a few more days before the winner is announced.

    Yes there are some of these that have been made with PVC.

  32. Alexander125 Says:

    there is a tipe of PVC that has an inner core made of aluminum.
    That could stand the heat.

  33. Alexander125 Says:

    oh and one more thing!!
    The foto was taken in the UK(look at the mains)

  34. Alan Parekh Says:

    I have never seen any plastic pipe with a metal inner core. I think you are correct, it is definitely not taken in North America.

  35. Mike Says:

    Interestingly enough, the photo is on a US school’s website, even with the dual switched UK-style receptacle

  36. Alexander125 Says:

    the pipe exists in Europe only.
    it’s called PEXAL.
    plastic-exteriour-aluminum

  37. flared0ne Says:

    Puzzled by some of the above comments… You DID notice that this assembly is in a lab, attached to the typical bunsen-burner gas feed?? Which means that there’s no real danger of the flame getting INSIDE the container and causing an explosion — there’s no oxidizer present until the gas is outside and mixes slightly with room air. In the same sense, as long as there’s any significant pressure of gas feeding in, the flame itself is automatically going to “stand off” from the pipe by a couple of millimeters (the gas/air mixing interface depth), so the radiant heat load on the pipe surface is highly unlikely to be enough to ignite PVC.

  38. wkuace Says:

    your right about there being no oxidizer in the tube when its at full pressure. i was warning not to try to light it when you first turn on the gas. if you do then there will be gas and air mixed in the tube that could potentially explode just like with a gas grill you always need to let it run for a few seconds before lighting. even if the gas pressure keeps it from backing up into the gas line it would still burn or explode the rig. as for the radiant heat i will admit i don’t know. your probably right but me personally i would rather have metal then plastic when working with fire.

  39. Alan Parekh Says:

    Winner announced. I think this was a record for entries! Thanks to all who participated. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. MarioKlar Says:

    Tolle Internetseite mit vielen hilfreichen Beitrไgen. Wollte nur mal Danke sagen. ๐Ÿ™‚

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