TransPerformance The Performer The keypad and Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) on this guitar are the obvious tip-off to embedded electronics. A closer look reveals that the bridge and tailpiece are quite different, too. The guitar's six strings pass through a tuner assembly to the back of the guitar where six stepper motors simultaneously adjust each string's tension. The whole system is controlled by a microcontroller, but analog ICs interface to the stepper motors. The motors' speeds are adjustable with full-speed changes of one whole step per second. Touch-up accuracy is ± 2 cents. A cent is a logarithmic unit to measure musical intervals with 1,200 cents equal to one octave. For more information on TransPerformance's The Performer, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4928-543.
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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