What is that?

manicured nails, diet coke not included

manicured nails, diet coke not included

Looks like a giant BlackBerry.  Requires three REALLY big AA batteries.

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33 comments… add one
  • Manu November 30, 2009, 9:37 am

    what is this thing ?

  • J-man November 30, 2009, 10:10 am

    looks like some sort of weight scale. hmm perhaps with wireless connectivity so you can twitter your weight to the world 😀

  • Garth Cousineau November 30, 2009, 12:31 pm

    coke zero is a recent invention.
    the hand gives it scale.
    my guess is its an ancient banking coder or calculator.

  • Adam Scinto November 30, 2009, 2:13 pm

    some kind of scale? For a tire?

  • MartinN November 30, 2009, 2:20 pm

    You sit on it and the little beads gently massage your behind.

  • 1hen2ducks November 30, 2009, 3:05 pm

    It’s a bath mat. A pillow ?
    Not worth whatever they’re charging, whatever it happens to be.

  • Lex November 30, 2009, 3:16 pm

    I’m pretty sure it’s a scale but I want to say it’s an early cellphone. 🙂

  • KulganVaslor November 30, 2009, 5:07 pm

    Point of sale register without the Screen or custom keyboard modules.??

  • Ben Udkow November 30, 2009, 6:52 pm

    I zoomed in as best I could and I don’t see any writing on the “buttons” at all. Maybe MartinN is correct since they do seem to be more of the massaging nature than the “press here” nature.

    As an aside, is it just me or does the “hand model” clearly have a broken index finger and thumb???

  • Janet Cloninger November 30, 2009, 6:59 pm

    @Ben Udkow It looks to me like the hand model has arthritis. Could this be some sort of (quack?) medical treatment equipment?

  • Cobin Rox November 30, 2009, 7:48 pm

    @Garth, @Ben, @Janet — very astute observations.

  • QuasiPreneur.com November 30, 2009, 8:09 pm

    A braille typewriter? label maker?

  • Claire Strodtbeck November 30, 2009, 9:04 pm

    I want to know what’s up with the freaky-looking deformed hand in the photo…

  • andy repp November 30, 2009, 10:03 pm

    I would guess it is a new updated version of calecovision!

  • Mark Adkins November 30, 2009, 10:34 pm

    Coke Zero was introduced 10/06, so it is not an ‘old school’ anything. My guess is a scale- a power button, small display, and several ‘nubs’ where you stand. The Coke Zero suggest dieting as well.

    There seems to be a bevel at the top, and between the ‘nubs’ and display, and a small panel with four buttons or screws on the top bevel- I wish I could make out the display better, but I wonder if it is a talking scale or something, except I cannot find a talking scale like it elsewhere. Or a digital scale… or a foot massager. Hmmm…

    I wonder if that groove along the last two columns of buttons or nubs is significant?

  • BaldSpot December 1, 2009, 1:31 am

    It’s a mudflap that you can play like an accordian, except that it uses batteries instead of bellows. I have a pair on my truck. Great for impromptu beach parties and such.

  • Smythe Richbourg December 1, 2009, 2:01 am

    I wonder if it’s a heat or massage device for hands or feet of arthritis sufferers.

  • James Branch December 1, 2009, 3:48 am

    Certainly looks like something like a cash register or POS system, without keyboard/screen etc.

  • Ron December 1, 2009, 4:42 am

    What’s wrong with the hand? The thumb and index finger looks straingly bend over.

  • Shkermaker December 1, 2009, 5:12 am

    Ass Massager!

  • Greg December 1, 2009, 8:34 am

    I’m thinking it’s a vintage court recording machine.

  • Glen December 1, 2009, 9:58 am

    Mmm… foot massager? Improves circulation in diabetics or something?

  • Maria December 1, 2009, 12:08 pm

    I will have to go with Greg and say that this is a vintage Stenotype, the machine used by stenographers to document what is said in court. Personally, the well manicured senior citizen arthritic hand with the oddly bent index finger and thumb are giving me the creeps!

  • Cobin Rox December 1, 2009, 12:57 pm

    Ok, ok ! Yeah, that’s my mom’s hand (74 and yes, a slight issue with “Arthur”). She was kind enough to indulge in a shot of a hand next to the gadget for scale for a photo. I didn’t notice how disturbing it was because I was concentrating on the gadget thing. I think it’s just an odd angle and weird lighting. I’m laughing so hard now that i’m snorting — it IS macabre. Funny I didn’t notice it before. Might make an interesting Edgar-Poe-like tale — “The Mangled but Manicured Hand”.

  • becfg December 1, 2009, 4:43 pm

    1. no symbols on buttons

    2. obvious wear on top for “attachment”
    (screen or printer)

    3. buttons grouped into 25 and 10 (too short for full ABC + numbers)

    my guess, its a brail typer, they have only recently been reduced in size to a more portable unit. they also often group common combos (such as “th”) onto the one button, and so rduces the need for a full keyboard

  • Janet Cloninger December 1, 2009, 5:38 pm

    So, Cobin – what is it? I’m dying to know!

  • Mark Adkins December 1, 2009, 10:43 pm

    Hmmm. Cobin, I am not sure it is fair to ‘stage’ a photo like that! 🙂 I had assumed the Coke Zero ‘belonged’ there. As for the hand, it just looked like a slightly unfortunate angle to me.

    I think we need clues- the buttons on front- are the buttons, or nubs, or what? Battery, AC, or not powered?

  • Cobin Rox December 2, 2009, 8:17 am

    Mark — yes you are right in that it would not be fair to “stage” a photo; but the photo wasn’t really staged; I’m just an eejit and thought everyone would know that the pop can and hand were there for scale. I just thought the thing looked like a giant cell phone and was kind of funny.

    Clues — the bumpy things are nubs and the unit optionally uses 3 AA batteries for power. One more clue: the thing is only a part of a whole.

  • andix December 2, 2009, 8:26 am

    footstand of a belt massager?

  • David Flowers December 2, 2009, 12:22 pm

    You’re all wrong. It’s obviously a programmable keypad for your favort MMORPG such as World of Warcraft, for all your spells and so forth.

    The little square thing on the top middle is a holographic generator giving you dungeon layout and boss hit points data on Ulduar hard modes!

  • David Flowers December 2, 2009, 12:24 pm

    Either that or it’s a POS register for a fast food resturant without the template or external led screen attached……….

  • Mark Adkins December 4, 2009, 10:59 pm

    Yeah! I won! Well, in my mind at least. My guesses did not involve any sort of buttons, at least and goes on the floor. No wonder we could not make out any details on the ‘display’! LOL!

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