IndraControl VEP products, a line-up of Windows CE-based HMIs from Bosch Rexroth (http://rbi.ims.ca/4929-509), are available with an integrated PLC and fieldbus master for advanced automation control applications. Based on Windows CE.NET 4.2 embedded operating system and equipped with AMD processors, hardware features include on-board Ethernet and USB interfaces, CompactFlash memory, PC/104 expansion slots and TFT color touchscreens in sizes from 8.4 to 15 inch.
The IndraControl VCP series of compact HMIs are available with hardware options and screen sizes from 3 inch monochrome displays to 5.7 inch color touchscreens. Display terminals provide flexibility, open connectivity using a variety of interfaces including serial, Ethernet, Profibus, Interbus and DeviceNet. Units are programmed using Rexroth's Windows-based software, VI-Composer.
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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