A 12-bit color line scan camera from Atmel Corp. (www.atmel.com) pushes operating speeds up to 40 million pixels per second, improving the resolution available for demanding industrial applications such as circuit board inspection. The Akyla HD has either 1024- or 2048-pixel resolution and a data rate of 40 MHz. The $7,240 camera supports the CameraLink serial interface.
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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