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“What the Heck?” contest – guess my retail product!

As many of you don’t know I have been working with eDimensional, Inc. on a new gaming accessory. I’m pretty excited as this will be my first retail boxed product – yes I know my book was retail but it didn’t have a box now did it? They gave me a wide latitude on the design and the final product is very benheck – beyond the item itself I ended up doing all the box artwork and advertising items too. Everything is in line with my design aesthetic.


Never do a contest photo without your dial caliper.

Anyway there’s currently a contest running in which you can guess what we’ve cooked up and have a chance to win one, whatever it is. Go ahead and check it out! The tips I will give out is that it’s a gaming accessory (as mentioned) and the cost is under $100.

DISCLAIMER: Any real-life friends of Benjamin J Heckendorn, AKA “benheck”, who have possibly seen what the item is already should not enter because that would be pretty weak.

 

77 Responses to ““What the Heck?” contest – guess my retail product!”

  1. Elk Says:

    Ooh, this looks good… I got some thinkin to do.

  2. kevin hodge Says:

    hi ben im a huge fan of yours i bought your book which was amazing!I was thinking that you should make a portable sega saturn!That would really impress me!i think that the contest system is a portable turbo grafx 16 but im not syre c ya!

  3. Kurt Says:

    The link’s broken. For me, at least.

  4. SuperWaffleNinja Says:

    A PS3 controller in an Xbox360 case

  5. Mr. Neil Says:

    How many guesses are we allowed? My guess is that it’s a one-handed game controller for either PS3 or X-Box 360.

  6. Sparkfist Says:

    Well Ben didn’t give us any number of guesses so. First I think it’s a wireless one-handed controller. If not I’m thinking it’s a 360-like PS3.

  7. jackfb13 Says:

    Hmmm…
    I know a device that makes things 3d

  8. Georgio Mosqueda Says:

    Blast!! Beat me to the punch! I second that one handed controller idea. It’s freggin ace! I broke my arm a few summers ago and would have KILLED for a one handed controller.

  9. Spamshir Says:

    Nice caliper action sir.

  10. Nathan Says:

    a one-handed motion sensitive controller…we all know how you envy the wii-mote.

  11. Dreamer Says:

    Limit one guess email per person per day…and why guess here? If you’re right, you’re just lowering your chances of winning as if multiple people guess correctly who knows how they’ll pick the real winner.

  12. Kurt Says:

    The link seems to work fine. I also guessed a one-handed xbox 360 controller. But I guessed it first! =P

    Ben, do we ALL win one if we get it right, or only one person?

  13. Anti-Ben Says:

    I think that thing is a portable Gamecube or a portable Playstation 3 or maybe a project that would be the other way round: a UNPORTABLE PLAYSTATION PORTABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  16. cerebus Says:

    If you think this is a portable console conversion, you’re retarded.

    Not only wouldn’t that be possible under $100 bucks (do you people even read?), but it wouldn’t be LEGAL for a third party to produce.

    Its obviously a one handed controller. If I thought there were any possibility that the contest isn’t just a random drawing (they all are), I’d have entered.

    In the end, I hope Ben makes a million dollars producing one handed controllers. Its questionable that the major companies have neglected this market… forever… and I think Ben deserves a genuine humanitarian award for, if not the idea, the gumption to get the damn thing done.

    A few years ago, a friend of mine was badly (BADLY) burned, and would have paid anything to get a controller to use in his good hand.

    Thanks for making these Ben.

    If you DIDN’T make the one handed controller (which would be a disappointing shock), then you suck.

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  19. Jason Says:

    Ps360 controller, like the one he made. $79.99 retail.

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  21. biiscit Says:

    portable gamecube system

  22. Dirk Says:

    I’m pretty sure that when making a controller you have to follow certain regulations. That’s why, apart form arcade sticks, the third party controllers are all very similar to the first party version. PS3 controller in a 360 case or a 360 controller in a PS3 case is most likely not allowed by microsoft or sony. My money is on a one handed controller w/ motion sensor since, like the arcade stick, it is made for a very specific consumer and not likely to affect the sales of first party hardware.

  23. Anti-Ben Says:

    It is an Atari 2600 Portable Rev. 5.1 retail box!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Twisted Warthog Says:

    My bet is that its a one handed controller line up for the 360 and PS3. They would sell very well in my opinion. When i badly burnt my hand i couldent play video games right for a long time at least a year that one handed controller would have been very useful. Good Luck Ben! Hope your product makes it easier for some people to play video games without two arms.

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  26. SuperWaffleNinja Says:

    it’s an update of the afterburner for the GBA!

  27. j-farrell Says:

    a customisation kit for the wii, i.e. a soldering iron, some LEDs some wire, maybe a few decals and the all important triwing screwdriver.

  28. Bob, Bob Person Says:

    It’s yo mamma!

    No, but I *what ever the number is* am for the one-handed controller.

  29. MrTroy Says:

    Actually a 1 handed controller would be nice… cause I could go all extreme and play two characters at once. And really kick butt.

  30. Ben Says:

    Ooh, let me guess,….It’s a memory unit for the xbox 360 with 1,000,000,000 GB on it.

  31. benol Says:

    it’s an NES cart. Duh. Just look at that silhouette.

  32. Patty Wak Says:

    Hey ben do you do any computer progamming?

  33. Gamemaster14 Says:

    I am guessing it is not something Ben ever showed off on his website. The dead give away is the disclaimer. Since only people who knew him in real life would really know what it was. I am thinking it is either a new idea or a variation of somthing he has already done. Either way its gonne be awesome.

  34. Siegeshot Says:

    A wireless one handed controller that can take pictures and video, so you can take video and pictures of your games as you play them!!!!

  35. Anti-Ben Says:

    Hey, maybe it´s an box of the scart switch that Ben build once.(Sorry for my WORSE english, i´m german, that may explain everything…)

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    (Jump on the thank Ben bandwagon!)

    I am very excited to see what it is. Where is it being released, region wise.

  38. Twisted Warthog Says:

    It better come out in Canada Ben! If it doesent im sure i could just eBay search it haha.

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  40. Fft Says:

    It’s clearly a portable DDR dance pad that projects itself on the floor like those creepy ghost keyboards they have for pda’s.

  41. dumb guesses Says:

    it is obviously a one handed controller with a pull out sofa, a cup holder, and a sweatband for when i get real intense!

    DUH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  42. just one more guess Says:

    a memory chip with alota memory

  43. dumb guess Says:

    It’s clearly a wireless one handed controller. with a pull out sofa, cup holders, and a sweatband for when i get real intense.

  44. dendawg Says:

    I say it’s an NES version of the Cuttle Cart.

  45. Anti-Ben Says:

    I think it is an NGCp, a portable Gamecube. Gamecubes costs 35 bucks and Gamecube LCD-Screens are 25 bucks, and that would be, let me calculate…

    AWESOME CHEAP AND UNDER 100 DOLLAR!!

    By side, an Gamecube is, like the name, a cube, and that smaller cube on it could be the screen. So there is an 82% chance that it would be right.

  46. Colinator Says:

    It’s going to be a 3 handed controller for the people who happened to have an extra hand.

  47. Hades Says:

    Its going to be a $180 120 gigabyte xBox 360 drive for under $100. What do I win :).

  48. Junjlo Says:

    maybe its a ps3 laptop :/

  49. Anti-Ben Says:

    Maybe a Wii classic controller in an Gamecube-, Xbox360- or PS3-Controller`s case.
    @Colinator: or an 15-handed controller for Indian Gods;-))) (If there are some Indian who didn´t laughed about it and are now angry at me, sorry, but Indian Gods has so moch hands and I couldn´t keep it for me.

  50. Twisted Warthog Says:

    If anyone thinks its a portable version of a home console YOUR VERY VERY WRONG. Its a freaking one handed controller end of story. Everything basically points to a one handed controller it would have the best sales. If he were to make a portable gamecube Ben would have to have meeting with Nintendo and all the presidents of Nintendo and i sont think Ben has done that. Or has he? 0_0!

  51. SOOPERGOOMAN-THATPSPGUY Says:

    Nah I think you’re all wrong. Definitely NOT a one handed controller. Nintendo has patents on that one. It’s something special. Something KEWL! I think I know but not telling anyone except for Ben.

  52. novice Says:

    i would scan and learn edimensional better in order to guess cause it was made for them by ben!
    they are mainly in to VR and Realisem.

  53. jeroen Says:

    Clue #4 Date Added 05/03/2007
    No control….

    from the site.

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  55. DK Says:

    Its a one handed controller for sure, Ben Heck has all ready worked on 360 prototyppes before.

  56. CarbonatedWater Says:

    It’s probably a one handed controller and the whole it’s patented thing is probably wrong. Nintendo holds a patent on the Wii remote as a one handed controller and if it has one for other controllers it won’t matter anyways since Mr. Heckendorn’s controller is designed differently.

    Rock on Ben, rock on.

  57. 486 Says:

    i think its something thats not a one handed controller. i think its a box with a screne, batory, and speekers that u can plug any system into and it instantly becomes portable! (if thats not what it is, u should make one!!)

  58. c_mon Says:

    It should be 3D glasses. But how it’s gonna reflect Ben’s style?

  59. Young Eric Says:

    Its not a one handed controller and the insta portable thing isn’t likely because it would most likely be for newer console and batteries to run those thing are more that $200. so i just want to know when hes announcing what it is.

  60. benol Says:

    it’s a sixaxis controller that doesn’t controll anything?

  61. sweebez Says:

    You guys didn’t even LOOK at the contest.

    it CAN’T be a one-handed controller!
    Look at clue number 4.

    Clue #4 No control….

    He wrote it HIMSELF, guys. It isn’t a controller of ANY kind.

    Seriously…

  62. Professor Booty Says:

    This is a head mounted “controller” doohickey that measures head angle/movements and maybe cooks bacon.

  63. Anonymous Says:

    Quote: # 486 Says:
    May 8th, 2007 at 12:41 am

    i think its something thats not a one handed controller. i think its a box with a screne, batory, and speekers that u can plug any system into and it instantly becomes portable! (if thats not what it is, u should make one!!)
    _________________________________________________________________________________________
    Ever heard of two little things called a Portable Television and a Generator?

  64. Joe Says:

    “i think its something thats not a one handed controller. i think its a box with a screne, batory, and speekers that u can plug any system into and it instantly becomes portable! (if thats not what it is, u should make one!!)”

    As said in the forums do you use any spelling, grammar or even English in that comment.
    (Just remember the clues guys)

    Clue #7 Date Added 05/15/2007
    It’s like _______ to your ______….

    Clue #6 Date Added 05/10/2007
    X+Y=6….

    Clue #5 Date Added 05/07/2007
    Use your head….

    Clue #4 Date Added 05/03/2007
    No control….

    Clue #3 Date Added 04/30/2007
    It doesn’t remember….

    Clue #2 Date Added 04/27/2007
    It’s under $100….

    Clue #1 Date Added 04/27/2007
    It’s a gaming accessory…..

  65. ATR Says:

    VR Helmet

  66. JacKAsterisK Says:

    I think it’s some kind of headset.

  67. Joe Says:

    Read now and look at the picture closely

    http://www.edimensional.com/whattheheck.php

    Clue #8 Date Added 05/18/2007
    Now can you see it?….

  68. dudex77 Says:

    what is it then?

  69. ... Says:

    dude, have you LOOKED at the pic?

  70. Joe Says:

    odd i can only see it on the crt not the lcd downstairs

  71. dudex77 Says:

    Joe same thing with me, that’s why i asked …

  72. Jesse Says:

    It’s a headset with “dynamic sound”.
    It gives you the sense that the sound is in one direction or another.
    You hear a sound on your left, and turn your head left, it sounds like it’s in front of you. Get it?

  73. pikachu93 Says:

    When I went to the eDimensional site, it almost looked like a “V”

  74. dudex77 Says:

    thanks Jesse. that sounds way cool!

  75. Jesse Says:

    Well…
    I KNOW it’s a sort of headset…
    I think we all can tell that now…
    But what it does… Or why it’s special…
    Well, again, my thought was a dynamic sound headset, but we won’t know for a little while…

  76. Jesse Says:

    So now we know what they are…
    They’re headphones made to give the “effect” of a full 5.1 surround sound system… Cool!

  77. Tyler Clarke Says:

    I like both the Gamecube and Xbox, we have them in our home office and also in our living room.`~-

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