“This digital electronic device is not a toy”

A silly looking box showed up in the mail a few days ago. It was attached to a spam mailer from a local car stealership proclaiming that I have already won a car, and just need to confirm the number this thing spits matches theirs. Naturally I took it apart:

 

A pull tab starts this up

This digital electronic device is not a toy

This digital electronic device is not a toy

Two coin cells and LEDs,were you expecting an actual LCD display here?

Two coin cells and an LED,were you expecting an actual LCD display here? No budget even for a series resistor. Black insulator is the pulltab that turns things on when removed.

The diffuser is probably the most interesting in this design

The diffuser is probably the most interesting in this design

Conclusion: it’s an odd business designing things to be used once, cost close to nothing and pretend to be something else. But at least we get a free LED and a few coin cells out of this one.

 

 

2 thoughts on ““This digital electronic device is not a toy”

  1. I have gotten 3 of these in the mail. I take them apart and cut up the “lcd” sticker and stick it to one of the battery leads. When put back together it makes a nice little flashlight. Just squeeze the case to turn it on.

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