Phoenix Contact Inc. (www.phoenixcon.com) has rolled out the RAD-ISM-...-BD, an integrated radio and I/O module with expandable I/O options. Designed to eliminate cable and conduit for analog and digital signals in industrial environments, the RAD-ISM-...-BD utilizes spread spectrum frequency hopping techniques for a license- and interference-free link between remote devices and the control room. It also features an in-plant range of 600-1,000 ft with no line-of-sight, and requires a 12-30V dc power source.
A make-your-own Star Wars Sith Lightsaber hilt is heftier and better-looking than most others out there, according to its maker, Sean Charlesworth. You can 3D print it from free source files, and there's even a hardware kit available -- not free -- so you can build one just in time for Halloween.
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