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What is this?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by SamanthaCay, Dec 22, 2011.


  1. SamanthaCay

    SamanthaCay Like bass guitar OMG!

    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    I found this little gadget in a box of electronic supplies I bought at a thrift store a while back, and for the life of me have know idea what it is.
    So I thought I'd ask TBOT, and then I thought what if we had a thread for mysterious things we find.

    So with that said, if you have something and you don't know what it is, post a picture and see if we can figure it out.
    Also FWIW please don't post anything that you think could possibly be inappropriate for example if it is phallic shaped be safe and don't post it.

    So anyways what is this?
    wth001.
    wth002.
     
  2. jady

    jady

    Jul 21, 2006
    Modesto, CA
    fuse tester?
     
  3. dead-mans switch don't push the button. :D
     
  4. SamanthaCay

    SamanthaCay Like bass guitar OMG!

    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    Pretty sure it's not as there is nothing electronic about it.
    Already did, did I live because I'm female?:D
     
  5. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Probably fell out of the briefcase that carries the Nuclear Football.
     
  6. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    A gaydar device?

    Sorry, I couldn't resist after that other thread. :p
    :D
     
  7. its a misnomer the dead men are usually some distance away. :meh:
     
  8. Send it my way then, I'm pretty sure that mine is broken beyond repair.
     
  9. SamanthaCay

    SamanthaCay Like bass guitar OMG!

    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    LOL, you guys are cracking me up!:D
     
  10. Joe Gress

    Joe Gress

    Dec 22, 2005
    Pueblo, CO
    What happens when you push it?
     
  11. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    I don't know but my girlfriend says that brother had one and she thinks it was a remote/transmitter to a light system.
     
  12. elgecko

    elgecko

    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    That's the remote triggering unit for an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator!
     
  13. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    :bassist:
     
  14. I think it's a device for installing IC chips on an IC board. You put the chip in the holder, line up the pins with the hole, and push down the button on top, properly seating the chip in the holes. It's then soldered from the back and the excess pins are then cut off.
     
  15. Hi.

    I see two possibilities depending of the size.

    There was an (obsolete?) telecommunications connector that was opened with a device that looked a lot like that.

    If the slots open and close with a press of a button, it's most likely a device to pre-bend DIL packaged el. part legs, the "tweezers" probably for inserting them into sockets/PCB's. There should be hooks to ease the removal of those said parts though?

    Edit:Stratovani beat me to it :). I've only used a repair device of a similar design, but it was quite a bit more sophisticated.

    Regards
    Sam
     
  16. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Damn. I wish I thought of that
     
  17. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    Stratovani beat me to it. It is an IC inserter. I helps hold all the pins straight and properly spaced as you insert the IC in a socket or PC board, and then you release it with the button. If you have ever done this by hand, you know it is so easy to get all the pins in but one that is now bent out of shape.
     
  18. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    You'll need to check with Rick from Pawn Stars to get you a value on that there thingamajigger.

    -Mike
     
  19. SamanthaCay

    SamanthaCay Like bass guitar OMG!

    Nov 16, 2008
    Denver, CO.
    YAY!!!
    It is an IC installer I just tried it out and that is what it is for, thanks guys!
    Anybody else got any weird stuff lying around?
     
  20. Hi.

    You're kidding, right ;).

    Regards
    Sam
     

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