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December 12, 2009

Name the Thing Contest – 110

at 12:46 am. Filed under Contests

Thanks to 4D Systems for sponsoring the contest this week. They will be providing a DK-160G1 (OLED development kit) and a SOMO-14D Embedded Audio-Sound Module to the winner. This is about $175 dollars worth of gear which will let you play with the latest and greatest in OLED technology. 4D Systems is an Australian based company, which is a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of intelligent graphic display modules.

“The DK-160G1(SGC) kit includes the following products:

This contest will run for one week (December 12 – December 18, 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.


Added December 21, 2009

The item to guess was a CT X-ray Tube

Based on the response this was the hardest contest we have run to date! Congrats to everyone who got it right!

The winner is  Csaba B. (There were 32 entries, 18 were correct)


Below are some pictures of the prize.

Video of the display in action is after the jump.

This video shows off the same display module that is in the kit that will be awarded to the contest winner.

This video shows off one of their top end displays.


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26 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 110”

  1. vic Says:

    Wow the prize is really awesome this week! Too bad I’ve no idea what the “thing” is 😀

  2. yonsje Says:

    That prize looks AWESOME, I guess I’d better start googling 🙂

  3. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Vic,

    You aren’t the only one. This has been up for about 10 hours and there still aren’t any correct answers. I wonder if this one will carry on till next week. Either way, if you have an idea of what this is you have your odds of winning are great!

  4. Fry-kun Says:

    May be a stupid question, but what’s your policy on multiple guesses?

  5. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Fry,

    No real set in stone policy. What I have done in the past when someone guesses something but later finds the real answer I have allowed the second guess, but that also means that the first one is deleted…

  6. Cliff Says:

    Cold fusion, has to be…

    Certainly a toughie!

  7. Steve Prior Says:

    Looks like something you probably shouldn’t play with.

  8. Redleader36 Says:

    Just found it in about a half hour of Googling! Crossing my fingers for this prize!

  9. EPG Says:

    Finally found it, easy one 😉 Btw nice prive I’d like to welcome at home!

  10. necercis Says:

    This is good one.

  11. vintagepc Says:

    It is a tough one… and googling over dial-up isn’t exactly time efficient 🙁

  12. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi VintagePC,

    Dial-up, thankfully that is a distant memory… I remember the good old days, setting the machine up to download files overnight. Is high speed not available in your area, or are you just not online enough to justify it?

    I am curious, do videos play over dial up, or do they just need 10 minutes to buffer?

    I wish you good luck in the search!

  13. 4DSystems TTL Camera - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] Ceguerra saw the prize for the contest this week and sent in some of the work she has been doing with the 4D Systems […]

  14. vintagepc Says:

    Unfortunately, we can’t get anything else… the DSL and cable lines stop about 5KM down the road, and satellite is ridiculously overpriced for what you get- 10x the cost for not much of a speed improvement.

    Fortunately, high-speed is on the way… and yes, short videos (~30sec – 1min) can be played with some patience…

  15. Tetris played on a 4D Systems OLED Display - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] This is her version of Tetris for the 4D Systems platform. You still have the rest of today to enter the contest that 4D is sponsoring, if you win, your project could be the next one featured on Hacked Gadgets. The contest is one of […]

  16. Fry-kun Says:

    So what was this thing? And how the hell do you search for something like that?

  17. JSP Says:

    That’s easy. Have a look at the comments in the EXIF tag of the image!

  18. angry visitor Says:

    Why the website staff does not publish the answer of the previous contest ? It used to to that a few editions ago but not anymore. That was the whole fun of it… checking the right answer after a week.

  19. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hey guys,

    The winner will be selected and the item revealed this weekend. Thanks for waiting.

  20. Alan Parekh Says:

    Winner announced. Based on the entries, this was the hardest contest to date, congrats to all who got it correct!

  21. Steve Prior Says:

    OK spill it folks – those of you who figured this out by searching, what keywords did you search for? I was completely stumped.

  22. vintagepc Says:

    Usually I have an inclination as to function/purpose… then I hit google images and try to refine the search based on things that look similar and the content of the relevant pages- Eventually I find what I was looking for.

    In this case, though I had no ideas where to start and so I couldn’t get a good start.

  23. redleader36 Says:

    The pic has ‘anode’ and ‘cathode’ labeled. I exhausted all searches for laser heads and laser diodes, so I started to wonder about other spectrums. On a whim I searched for MRI and then CT Scanners. Check it out on google images, the first pic that comes up when you search for ‘ct xray tube’.

  24. necercis Says:

    >Steve Prior
    You have anode and catode, as you know that there is electron beam between them so you may guess that black gap in the picture may be somethig like x-ray berilium window.

    That was mine way of thinking. Google was the rest.

  25. Alan Parekh Says:

    vintagepc mentioned something that does give him an edge,an unknown fact (well until now anyway) is that I use Google Image search to discover an image of something that I am thinking about 9 time out of 10…

  26. Drink Mixing System - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] Robby Connor, Richard Evan Cross and Zach Rasmor made a cool Automatic Wireless Drink Mixer for their University of Washington Electrical Engineering embedded systems ee478 class. Do you recognize that display they are using? Yes it is made by 4dsystems who sponsored one of our recent contests! […]

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