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Nick McClick
12-16-2009, 10:47 AM
A few people said the last contest was too easy - so I've ramped up the difficulty a bit. But the prize is bigger - a Propeller Platform, Prototyper Module, and a new Accel_Gyro Inertial Measurement Unit.

The item to be identified and method of entry is right here (http://www.gadgetgangster.com/news/45-designer-news/247-contest-what-is-it-3.html)

Update: While no-one identified the exact device, Jon had winning guess; 'Keyboard spoof? -- for planting phantom keystrokes, or translating one keyboard system (i.e., layout) to another.' srlm gets an honorable mention with his guess - 'It is a keyboard stroke recorder (datalogger).' Great effort everyone! I especially liked Bill's guess - 'An Electronic Rube Goldberg machine'.

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Post Edited (Nick McClick) : 1/4/2010 7:37:48 PM GMT

Nick McClick
12-30-2009, 01:31 PM
Last chance - just a day left & about 15 guesses so far. Maybe I've made this one too hard?

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mikediv
12-31-2009, 03:51 AM
Nick I already posted my guess so I don't want to cheat but after looking at it again ?I have to admit my guess is either cordless screwdriver since it has a PIC chip or my original CSU/DSU but thinking back I do not think they ever used PIC chips in a router or switch correct???
I thought even CISCO used a lot of Motorola but anyway I am very curious what it will turn out to be

mctrivia
12-31-2009, 01:22 PM
my guess would be keyboard data loger but i am sure i am wrong.

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Chris_D
12-31-2009, 05:27 PM
Is it a filter to convert PC keyboard codes into plain ascii codes?

Chris

Beau Schwabe (Parallax)
01-01-2010, 03:08 AM
Am I allowed to play? - My guess is a USB ground loop isolator

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Nick McClick
01-01-2010, 06:36 PM
of course! Well, contest is over, if you put your guess up as an md5 hash, it's time to put up the plaintext. On monday, I'll figure out the winner!

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James Long
01-02-2010, 02:55 AM
Nick McClick said...
of course! Well, contest is over, if you put your guess up as an md5 hash, it's time to put up the plaintext. On monday, I'll figure out the winner!


You didn't give us the answer.....how teasing is that?


James L

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Oldbitcollector (Jeff)
01-02-2010, 03:06 AM
Common Nick! I'm dying to know what that thing is...

OBC

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Rayman
01-02-2010, 03:07 AM
I think it's a USB extender...

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icepuck
01-02-2010, 08:08 AM
Rayman said...
I think it's a USB extender...


That was my guess...

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Nick McClick
01-03-2010, 04:34 AM
Here it is!
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4017/4237749661_ce3a90b3e7.jpg
It is a 'Keyboard Emulator Plus'. A link to the product brochure is here (http://www.gadgetgangster.com/news/45-designer-news/253-what-was-it-3.html). A lot of good guesses, especially considering the limited information available - these little deduction puzzles are always fun.

I'll figure out the winner on Monday. If you originally entered an MD5 hash, be sure to provide the plaintext (post in the comments section of the contest page (http://www.gadgetgangster.com/news/45-designer-news/247-contest-what-is-it-3.html)) by EOD today :)

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icepuck
01-06-2010, 06:59 AM
Did anyone get it right?
-dan

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SRLM
01-06-2010, 07:27 AM
So close... No cigar, so I guess it's time to start chain smoking. If I can dampen my gag reflex with enough twigs maybe I can get to the cigar next time.

Jon, enjoy the cigar (a Don Arturo Gran AniverXario cigar, I hope...) And thanks Nick for the contest!

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JonnyMac
01-06-2010, 08:18 AM
I rule! http://forums.parallax.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif

Nick McClick
01-06-2010, 02:52 PM
Seriously Jon - I have no idea how you got that one - it was a picture of a PIC and 2 connectors!

Starlino just put up a really good guide on using the Accelerometer and Gyro for accurate inclination estimations - here (http://www.starlino.com/imu_guide.html)

OT, but I was watching the guild on the internets last night & who was in the credits...

http://www.gadgetgangster.com/working_files/theguild.png

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JonnyMac
01-07-2010, 05:57 AM
I could tell that the connectors were PS2 type and that's the first thing that came to mind.

Yep, I helped out a few days on Season 3 of The Guild. Felicia Day works very hard to produce that show, even using her house as most of the sets (which is crazy as it's a full crew of 25+ people to make that happen). I shot some behind-the-scenes video and stills, and also did special effects (the paint ball episode). This is one of the few times I've worked behind-the-scenes where my electronics skills didn't come into play.