Sunday, November 16, 2014

Humanoido Labs Update

First new robot at the new lab
Humanoido introduced three new international labs in 2014. The recent move to new facilities provides more space and was completed in November of 2014. Work is progressing to refine the setup within each laboratory.

Astro Aeronautics Lab (Intl Taiwan Lab 63 - TAL)
The Astro Aeronautic Laboratory officially opened with its first experiment on Thursday November 13, 2014.
iPhone Pocket Telescope

DeckLab in the Sky (Intl Taiwan Lab 62 - TDL)

November 4th 2014
Rocket Lab (Intl Taiwan Lab 61 - TRL)
 September 24th, 2014

Moving into the new facilities - panoramic view
Rocket Lab is located on the entire second floor. This facility has resources in mechanics, electronics, digital computing, the Big Brain, parts and components, all the Micro Space equipment, inventions, rockets, and a series of working spacecraft. Two large work benches are currently provided for work. The laboratory also includes guest space for scientists.

Labs Lists
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Humanoido Lab List

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Humanoido Labs Update
Adds three new labs to the list in 2014.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

iPhone Pocket Telescope


As put together by Humanoido in the new Astro Aeronautics Lab, the iPhone pocket telescope is designed as a small portable telescope that can shoot great images without a tripod or special mounting. This is accomplished using electronic and combined software image stabilization and the additional camera features of the new iPhone 6 Plus.

iPhone view with stock lens
The phone, telescope tube assembly, and telescope clip all fit easily into a pocket. The US$13 telescope is a barrel, with focus, that threads into a clip which attaches it to the iPhone.

The tube rotates with a scale from 3 meters to infinity. The iPhone provides auto focus which works well through the telescope.

The photos shown here are all from the unit hand held. Note the remarkable sharpness obtained as a product of the mobile phone and the lens quality.

Telescope view at 8x
The telescope, made of coated precision glass lenses, has 8x magnification at F1.1 and the iPhone has 3X zoom, giving EFL values ranging from 8 to 24X on a sliding scale. Astronomically speaking, this should be enough scale to detect rings around Saturn, cloud belts on Jupiter, the Galilean Moons, and great detail on the Earth's Moon. It will also be exceptionally handy for capturing special selected events like occultations of stars, planets, and moons plus solar and lunar eclipses. Note: solar eclipses will require the use of special heat absorbing and light absorbing features.

Our first test zeroed in on a spherical water tank off in the
The telescope at 24x using 3x zoom
distance. This was shot with the iPhone's normal camera lens, the telescope at its standard 8x and the phones 3x zoom. The round tank is visible approximately in the center of the photo.

The next photo shows the tank view at 8x through the telescope with no zoom. As the telescope is fitted, there is some vignetting though very slight near the edges. The depth of field is focused directly on the tank.

The telescope view at 24x using the Apple camera zoom is remarkable for a hand held image, showing sharpness. The camera cost NT$398 and was missing the tripod and the mobile phone mount. This prompted the discovery of the telescope to function well in a hand held mode.

In the future, the telescope and camera pair will be paced during the first clear nights when the Moon and brighter planets are visible.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

DeckLab in the Sky

The new DeckLab is still capable of showing a portion of the 101 skyscraper and its peak tower towards the northeastern direction. The horizon is appreciably missing from the DeckLab view. As the DL will have uses for aeronautical engineering and elements of atmospheric phenomena, its orientation is perfectly suited.
NEW DeckLab: Since moving all Big Brain Lab and Space1 operations to a new location, many things have changed. The new facilities now allow a somewhat larger deck laboratory in the sky. The new lab is suspended upwards to a hundred feet in the air, facing a polar orientation of the sky.

DeckLab offers fundamental space for the conduction of aeronautical research, a mini launch pad for smaller spacecraft, and the study of weather phenomena.

LAB FACILITIES Facilities include these power hookups for a natural gas line, electricity, plus cold and hot water (see second photo).

THE OLD LAB The old lab was capable of showing a sky view down approximately from the zenith down to the horizon and spectacular views of the 101 skyscraper, currently the third largest building in the world. (see bottom photo) The photo shows 101 as seen in the pre-sunrise dawn sky on May 20th, 2014, before the move to a new lab location. Compare this photo to the top photo, which was taken on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 3:33 pm. All photos are taken with a Canon PowerShot S95 and a 6-22.5mm 1.20-4.9 lens. All photos are copyright 2014 by Humanoido.