ADI's new product, a member of the company's iSensor family, is said to be the first-ever programmable MEMS gyro. Moreover, it also plows new ground by providing users with an inexpensive, pre-calibrated gyro. "There are a lot of applications where gyros could have served in the past, but the customers didn't have in-house calibration capability," says Scannell of ADI. "If you can give them a calibrated part that's relatively easy to design in, then you've eliminated a major barrier for them." ADI's new programmable sensor contains all of the embedded calibration, tuning and control functionality needed to detect system rotation. Get more information on ADI's programmable MEMS gyro.
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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