Internet detectives ASSEMBLE: Identify my mystery object!
February 11, 2016 2:45 PM Subscribe
Dear The Internets: I have had this shiny odd-shaped thing on my desk for over a decade now. People often ask me what it is. I have no answer. No one else has been able to figure it out either. Can you help me? Sincerely, frogs.
What I know:
What I know:
- It is some sort of scientific equipment, recovered from a defunct physiology lab. Even though I work in a large research hospital, none of my colleagues has ever been able to identify the purpose of this equipment.
- The manufacturer is "Sanborn Company, Cambridge, Mass" - as near as I can tell, this company is no longer in business, and I can't find any record of items they made. The serial number scratched above the label reads "PP-1020".
- The buttons on the back are marked RA - LA - LL; at least one physician felt this referred to Right Arm, Left Arm, Left Leg (why no Right Leg?). If you depress the buttons, it reveals an opening apparently intended for insertion of a wire lead.
- The bottom contains 3 capacitors, connected with wires and resistors. Capacitors are coated in wax, 0.5, 1.0, and 0.6 (0.5?) microfarads, made by Astron.
- The top portion contains a photocell. Internally, it has a label that reads (in part) "Model 865 Photocell Type" - any other markings on this label are obscured by the metal framing.