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October 30, 2010

Name the Thing Contest – 155

at 1:55 pm. Filed under Contests


The prize this week is a pair of wire strippers, this will this will help you prep your cables to be attached to your next great creation. This contest will run for one week (October 30 – November 5, 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 November 27, 2010

The item to guess was a Diagram of the 555 Timer

The winner is Hendrik L. (there were 122 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.



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31 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 155”

  1. Peter Says:

    Not really hard for an EE student 😉

  2. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hey Peter,

    Don’t say that! This is supposed to be one of the hard ones!! 🙂

  3. VintagePC Says:

    Hate to break it to you…but I’m not an EE and I still knew what it was.. despite never having seen the diagram before 😛

  4. Berni Says:

    Actually its the pinout that gave it away for me since i still remember it.

  5. Alan Parekh Says:

    Darn, not hard enough then. 🙂

    I will try harder next time!

  6. Eman Says:

    Oh oh I know what it is! It’s another Name The Thing that will never be revealed!

  7. James Says:

    This is a good one this week. I’m not an EE student, but an enthusiastic hobbyist.
    The website the image comes from is WELL worth a visit for anyone interested in electronics, students and hobbyists alike.

  8. ChrisE Says:

    Oh, this is all too (painfully) familiar.

  9. London Says:

    Yeah I remember this from the electronics portion of my engineering class in high school, didn’t recognize it right away, but the pinout helped me too.

  10. Haku Says:

    Is that the new London undergound subway map?

  11. adam Says:

    there is actually another big give away in the circuit itself. Its the reason it got its name!

  12. jane jakins Says:

    circuit breaker

  13. London Says:

    @adam Really? I don’t see it, and I’ve always wondered why it’s called that.

  14. Shadyman Says:

    It’s *clearly* a schematic with pins spray-painted out in MS Paint. When does my prize ship? ;p

  15. adam Says:

    @London I’ll point it out on the 6th after the contest ends. I know Alan doesn’t like people giving hints.

  16. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Adam,

    Thanks for keeping it under your hat until the contest is over. I am also interested in hearing about it.

  17. Noah Says:

    Those classes are a little hazy, but Adam helped remind me.

  18. erik Says:

    If I say I recognised it at first sight… does that make me a nerd?

  19. James Says:

    I had always been lead to believe that the name thing was just a myth, due to a coincidence.

  20. Mike Says:

    The developer of the chip agrees with the “coincidence” or good marketing theory…

  21. R2k Says:


    or: if you didn’t played around with THIS little bug, you never had really played 😉

  22. Eric Says:

    I see where Adam is going with this 🙂

  23. jdk1.0 Says:

    Ok, I give up. 🙂 What is it?

  24. Alan Parekh Says:

    It’s a 555 timer.

  25. Will Says:

    Since Adam hasen’t answered… it got its name because it had 3 5k resistors in it.

  26. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Will,

    Thanks, that’s a cool bit of trivia!

  27. adam Says:

    thanks Will i wasn’t feeling good yesterday and forgot all about it.

  28. iphone winnen belgie Says:

    yeah, some times you just are not certain about it and you just search it online, but there is a lot more.

  29. 555 Timer Contest - Hacked Gadgets - DIY Tech Blog Says:

    […] entering the weekly Hacked Gadgets contest you will want to have a look at this one. Remember the contest we ran back in October last year? No matter if you were one of the people who figured out that it was a 555 timer or if you needed […]

  30. atmega8 Says:

    Why there is pins is deleted?

  31. Alan Parekh Says:

    Because it was a contest.

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