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June 5, 2010

Name the Thing Contest – 134

at 2:15 pm. Filed under Contests


Thanks to Dangerous Prototypes for sponsoring the contest this week. They will be providing a project that most of you have already seen! You will be able to test your own storage to death with your very own Flash Destroyer.  The current count is just shy of 10 million which is my failure guess. If it doesn’t go soon who knows when it will fail. If you can’t wait you can also pre-order your Flash Destroyer now.

“A PIC 18F2550 fills an EEPROM with values, and then verifies the content. Each successful write-verify cycle adds one to the counter display. When the EEPROM starts to have read verification errors, the writing stops and the number of successful write-cycles is displayed.

This project was inspired by endless Slashdot discussions about solid-state storage. There aren’t any tubes or moving parts in the EEPROM that deteriorate, yet in a not-unreasonable amount of time the chip will cease to work. We find it fascinating and want to witness it first hand.”

This contest will run for one week (June 5- June 11, 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 26, 2010

The item to guess was the internal structure of a Mosfet

The winner is Richard W. (there were 63 entries, this was a hard one!!)


Below is a pictures of the prize.



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15 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 134”

  1. Noah Says:

    Cool, they finally declassified the blueprints to the Death Star.

  2. MrMaigo Says:

    waffle iron

  3. Conrad Says:

    Um, is it normal to start guessing item 134 before someone confirms that item 133 was in fact a motor generator?

  4. mike Says:

    Yes, and 133 was a dynamotor or mg set from a German tank radio.

  5. Alicia Says:

    waffle cone

  6. jane jakins Says:

    home plans

  7. AlmostThere Says:

    That’s how they get Honey out of a Bees Nest (Honeycomb), that’s what the drain is for… so it can drain out the bottom.

  8. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Conrad,

    The two outstanding contests have been completed, see the contest pages for the answer. Contests are usually completed a few weeks after the deadline. Entries after the deadline are deleted though.

  9. Macrame Melissa Says:

    Design plans for the batcave ladies’ lounge area?

  10. julie lutz Says:

    A metal compost holder

  11. Steve Prior Says:

    It’s the brains of the apparently non-functional circuit that reminds Alan to post the answers to his contests.

  12. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Steve,

    The winner will be announced this week. 🙂


  13. Steve Prior Says:

    And oh yeah, I think it’s Boba Fett’s long lost cousin…

  14. Alan Parekh Says:

    winner announced

  15. Steve Prior Says:

    See I was right, Boba Fetts long lost cousin Mos…

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