Friday, April 20, 2012

"Kutitap" - An Anomalous Light Monitoring System

Due to recent events relating to anomalous light incidents witnessed by a friend, I have decided to fabricate a device that will help me monitor the light phenomena with in my home area.

I will be calling it "Kutitap". It is a device that will help me monitor the light phenomena within my home area by logging the light intensities from 7:00 PM in the evening till 4:00 AM in the morning, while I am asleep.

The concept design is shown in the figure below.

By logging  the light intensities within my home area at periodic time intervals from 7:00PM to 4:00AM, the following day, I would be able detect anomalous light activities by examining the graphs (light intensity as a function of time) of the logged data.

My hypothesis is that anomalous light activities would be shown as "high spikes/peaks" in the graphed data. This is because at normal night (no anomalous light phenomenon), light intensity levels vary so little. And since anomalous light phenomena are characterized by high intensity lights, either at short or long duration, this will be shown as high variations in the light intensities.

This "high spikes/peaks" would then be observed through examining succeeding graphs. Its intensity and time of occurrence will be recorded. If such spikes persists within the light intensity graphs of the next 5 days, further investigation will follow.

Further investigation will comprise of a "sky-pointing video camera (and other optical monitoring/sensing systems at hand)" along with actual ocular investigation within the time the spike in the graph was observed to occur.

With this, I hope that I would be able to shed "LIGHT" to this anomalous "LIGHT" occurrences.


Friday, March 2, 2012

4-1 Run Pace Calculator

This project has nothing to do with robots, microcontrollers or electronics, but I have decided to include this here as I consider this as a fun endeavour. I found this fun not only because it is an intellectual exercise but because I used the actual calculator in computing for my first 42K Run/Walk Pace during the 2012 Cebu City International Marathon.

The objective of this projects is to create an online calculator that will compute for the "Run/Walk Pace" when using the "4-1 Style of Marathon Running". 

It is consist of 2 parts, the derivation of the working equation and the implementation of the actual "Running Pace Calculator" for the "4-1 Style of Marathon Running". 

The paper detailing the Equation Derivation can be found here. And the actual online calculator is found here.

That's it for this project.

Keep running!!!


Thursday, March 1, 2012



I am Johnson, a.k.a the MoBoTGeek.

I have decided to created a Blog to document the stuff I have have been doing relating to mobile robot, microcontroller and other electronics projects.

As planned (hoping to follow it), blog entries will all be introductions to a project that I have completed. Details of it will all be written using LaTeX2e and posted in PDF format.

If there are stuff you think I am capable of building/making or if there are stuff you think I can help you with, please feel free to e-mail me and will be posting replies in the form of a Blog or if needed, a PM.

Well, that's it for my first post. Allow me to end it, with my favorite line from my favorite movie, Star Wars, "May the Force be with you!!!".

Till my next post.