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May 29, 2010

Name the Thing Contest – 133

at 4:46 am. Filed under Contests


Thanks to Protostack for sponsoring the contest this week. They will be providing a ATMEGA168 Development Kit and a USBASP AVR Programmer to the winner. The development kit contains everything you need to start building ATMEGA168 circuits. The AVR programmer is based on the Thomas Fischl’s USBasp design and connects to your computer’s USB port. The USB interface is achieved by using an atmega processor and the rest is done in firmware.Β  Shipping is often an issue, many companies charge more for the shipping than the parts cost. That is not the case at ProtoStack, their shipping is only $5.00 for worldwide shipping!

Thanks to Csaba for the interesting picture of the thing to guess this week. I think this will be a tough one. πŸ™‚

This contest will run for one week (May 29 – June 4, 2010) . 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 June 10, 2010

The item to guess was a voltage converter of the radio of a German panzer commander vehicle

The winner is Bruce M. (there were 57 entries, this was a hard one!!)


Below are some pictures of the prize.






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15 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 133”

  1. Josh Says:

    Wow. I haven’t seen one of these in ages. My dad had one in his ham shack when he was a kid. Took me a while when I first started in electronics to figure out what it did.

  2. Jordan M Says:

    It was Steve’s first generation build of the power supply for last week’s Name The Thing Contest item! (The two round silver cans are the 12 V and 5 V filter caps). Unfortunately, it lacked the power reserve for any more than the original motherboard with two plug-in cards, and was shelved until two years ago when they needed a power supply for the prototype IPad.

  3. Max Says:

    Some kind of Supersecret Nazi Equipment.

  4. gimmelotsarobots Says:

    Absolutely a portable nuclear reactor. Yep. Definitely.

  5. adam Says:

    its the Doc’s Original prototype for the flux capacitor

  6. NatureTM Says:

    Finally a great prize that would be really useful to me, and I have no idea what this is. Looks like something that would have stopped being used before I was born.

  7. Mike Says:

    We are still using a much larger version of this at work.

  8. Conrad Says:

    Um, it’s friday, so what is it? πŸ™‚

  9. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Conrad,

    There is still time to enter (till the end of today anyway). The thing will be revealed shortly after that…

  10. Conrad Says:

    no problemo – keenly awaiting. I shall have to find friends who can produce photographs of a unique gadget or two and get more people guessing. Hackedgadgets is cool.

  11. Conrad Says:


  12. Conrad Says:

    OK, so what did this generator come out of? what was/is it in use(d) for driving?

  13. Mike Says:

    Vacuum tubes use high voltages on the plate to operate. To run from batteries, you
    used a dynamotor (low voltage motor connected to a high voltage generator) or vibrator
    (buzzer-like device feeding a transformer). There also were high-voltage batteries but they were low-current, so they were only good for receivers. See http://www.armyradio.co.uk/arsc/customer/pages.php?pageurl=/publish/Articles/William_Howard_German/German_Tank_Radios.htm
    for more info on this one, about half-way down the page.

    At work, we use a larger mg set to create 50-hz power for testing equipment to be sent

  14. Alan Parekh Says:

    Winner announced.

  15. Altamirano Says:

    great share

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