W00t! It's time for another collaboration with the always-excellent What Is It? blog. Can you guess what this thing is?
Put your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, though you can enter as many guesses as you'd like. Please do not post any web links or URL - doing so will void your entry. You have until the answer is revealed on the What Is It? Blog tomorrow.
Two prizes: the first correct guess and the funniest yet wrong one will win a T-Shirt from the NeatoShop.
IMPORTANT: Please write your prize selection alongside your guess, so visit the NeatoShop and take a look around. If you don't write your prize selection, then you don't get the prize. I think you'll like the selection of funny t-shirts and science t-shirts -or even t-shirts of your favorite blogs and websites.
For more pictures of this item, see the What Is It? Blog. Good luck!
Update: the pictured item is a Russian Soyuz 28 Navigation Unit, it was used to determine Latitude/Longitude, Landing Position, and Orbit Angle of Landing during flight. Read more about it and see more pictures at the What Is It? blog. The first with the correct answer was Anker, who wins a t-shirt from the NeatoShop! The prize for the funniest answer was from Rks1157, who said "Russia's version of Google Earth. Works by splicing it into a phone line. It is a the mobile version of the device. It attaches to a car battery." Unfortunately, he didn't specify a t-shirt. Thanks to everyone who played this week, and thanks to the What is It? blog.