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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.