Digital camera capabilities continue to soar. Kodak's EasyShare Z1275 has 12 megapixel resolution and can record up to 80 min of High Definition video. Photographers can print images up to 30 x 40 inch or crop fairly small portions for 8 x 10 photos. They can use the 2.5-inch LCD to zoom in and check image quality. It's powered by Texas Instruments' TMS320DM35x DaVinci digital media processor, which includes a video processor, an MPEG-4-JPEG co-processor and an ARM9 core. The 6-oz camera, which uses common AA batteries, has a 5x zoom and light ratings down to ISO 3200 for low-light photos.
Siemens and Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology have achieved a faster production process based on selective laser melting for speeding up the prototyping of big, complex metal parts in gas turbine engines.
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