Winner, Name that Ware August 2016

After reading through the extensive comments on August’s ware, I’m not convinced anyone has conclusively identified the ware. I did crack a grin at atomicthumbs’ suggestion that this was a “mainboard from a Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup of Things sensor platform”, but I think I’ll give the prize (please email me to claim it) once again to Christian Vogel for his thoughtful analysis of the circuitry, and possibly correct guess that this might be an old school laser barcode scanner.

The ware is difficult to evaluate due to the lack of a key component — whatever it is that mounts into the pin sockets and interacts with the coil or transformer near the hole in the center of the circuit board. My feeling is the placement of that magnetic device is not accidental.

A little bit of poking around revealed this short Youtube video which purports to demonstrate an old-school laser barcode mechanism. Significantly, it has a coil of similar shape and orientation to that of this ware, as well as three trimpots, although that could be a coincidence. Either way, thanks everyone for the entertaining and thoughtful comments!

6 Responses to “Winner, Name that Ware August 2016”

  1. Christian Vogel says:

    Thanks, Bunnie. It was entertaining to participate, as always.

  2. Vibra says:

    Bunnie Hi I am writting you to know about the proyect that are doing with snowden about the cover phone and my question is they will do it to Android too?
    Finally do you know i can know or capture ilegal traffic of gov or my partners that works in isp is looking my privacy?Regards.

  3. Thank for your information… Nice Post

  4. Will Alexi says:

    Good !

  5. Ehsan Azari says:

    Hello Bunnie,

    And sorry if I send message here, because I couldn’t find any direct email.
    I’m an architect who’s thinking to develop a NB-IoT water meter for our country Iran. Indeed, we’re thinking to lunch an startup in this area, Building Management System – BMS. So could you please help us find an ultrasonic water flow meter that works with NB-IoT chips? and a good NB-IoT chip? I know blox but maybe find better than it.

    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Kindly regards,
    Ehsan

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