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November 13, 2010

Name the Thing Contest – 157

at 3:57 pm. Filed under Contests


Thanks to Gadget Factory for putting up the prize this week. They are providing a Papilio Barcode Genie kit to the lucky winner of the contest, simply plug in your scanner and increase your productivity. Of course the hardware is completely hackable so you could really make it do whatever you would like it to do! If you can’t wait to get one you are in luck, they on sale right now. This contest will run for one week (November 13 – November 19, 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.

Here is some details on the prize:

“The Papilio Barcode Genie kit is a flexible, expandable, and portable barcode scanning kit. It is based on an FPGA for maximum hardware flexibility and written in the Arduino IDE for maximum ease of use. It is a platform that encourages hacking and remixing to adapt it to exactly what you want it to do. Anything you’ve ever wanted to do with barcodes is possible; save them to an excel spreadsheet on a SD card, send them out wirelessly over Zigbee, or add a TFT LCD with a touchscreen. Open Source code and modular building blocks help bring your ideas to life!”

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 Doug Engelbart’s computer mouse

The winner is Pete T. (there were 387 entries)


Below is a picture of the prize.



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20 Responses to “Name the Thing Contest – 157”

  1. Jason Doege Says:

    That would be the world’s first **** ****.

  2. Peter Says:

    Awesome prize this time. FPGA’s are legendary!

  3. Almost_There Says:

    Oh come on! EVERYBODY has at least one of those… It’s the Window Speaker from a Drive-In Movie. The button is to call for Delivery Service from the Snack Bar. We never left a Drive-In with out stealing one.

  4. Sam Says:

    Is this only open to people in the US?

  5. William Says:

    This was way to easy.

  6. Jason Doege Says:

    ‘doh, Sorry.

  7. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Sam,

    You need to be somewhere on this planet. People from Mars need not enter. 🙂

  8. Sam Says:

    Oh great, I live on this planet!

  9. Olek Says:

    When I first saw Jason’s post, I thought it was a great joke. But now (after moderation) I understand I was wrong 😀

  10. Wim R. Says:

    Way too easy. Especially with a nice price like this it should be a bit harder, like last week.

  11. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Olek,

    All guesses accidentally left here would be censored, right or wrong. 🙂

  12. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi Wim,

    We change up the difficulty so everyone can have some fun. This one was meant to be in the moderate side of things.

  13. Joe Says:

    I actually had never seen this before. It was really cool learning about this. Thanks for the fun.

  14. London Says:

    Pretty cool Name the Thing, I actually didn’t know what this looked like before now.

  15. adam Says:

    WOW this prize is awesome, i can’t believe the picture is so easy.

  16. SH Says:

    Someone smashed the guts out of that one!

  17. M'Kay Says:

    I wish I liked the prize more. I know this one 🙁 I’m not going to enter this week.

  18. George Johnson Says:

    When do they answer these? I’ve seen several where I don’t know what it is, (because apparently, you have to see the inside of everything). But I only see a very few answers.

  19. Alan Parekh Says:

    Hi George,

    The contest article is updated to indicate the winner and what the thing was.

    The last two have not been drawn yet but the previous 153 or so have the answer in italic.

    Sorry for the confusion and thanks for playing!

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