Freitag, 20. März 2015

Partial eclipse of the sun in Germany

Did you see the partitial solar eclipse today over Europe???

Here are some of my impressions I took in the morning with my camera.

I put a neutral grey filter in front of the lens of my DSLR with a factor of 1000 that reduced the sun light dramatically.

In the second photograph you even can see the sunspot in the upper third of the solar disc.

The max. covering of 71% of the sun disc we had at 10:37 a.m. this moring; one hour later the whole haunting was over again.

Sonntag, 8. März 2015

The very first...

...almond blossoms in Germany 2015.

Found and taken yesterday.

Along the Palatinate Wine Route near Landau, Pfalz.

For a moment we thought that we wouldn't find one flower on the many almond trees in the Palatinate region - none of bushes or trees in thís region had buds or even green leaves so far.

But then it was like a colour miracle:
On 1 out of 100 almond trees we found the very first gentle almond blossom.

So after a whole day of driving and hiking through this blessed region we finaly found three almond trees where one or two of its branches have born some almond flowers.

In two or three weeks of sunny and warm spring weather
the almond alleys should look like on the painting we saw at the town of Landau.

Montag, 2. März 2015

A brief glimpse into the world of service robotics...

Some of my impressions of the 8th International Expert Days of Service Robotics
at SCHUNK plant Brackenheim-Hausen, Germany
25. & 26.02.2015

from the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation
is the product vision of a mobile robot assistant to actively support humans in their daily life. It can be used for a variety of household tasks, for example to deliver food and drinks, to assist with cooking or for cleaning.

The arms of  the service robot are made and designed by SCHUNK.

Robots as multifunctional gentlemen... ;-)

More than 20 years of experience in mechatronics makes SCHUNK one of the most important developer and supplier of mobile gripping systems in the field of service robotics worldwide. The mechatronic grippers, gripping hands, rotary modules, lightweight arms, and the modular system from SCHUNK are setting benchmarks today in the most varied applications.

During the annual Expert Days, SCHUNK promotes the interdisciplinary exchange between its customers and robotics experts from all over the world to encourage the development of the sector as a whole, as well as achieving synergy effects in a targeted way.

To work safely hand in hand - that's one of the visions in the collaboration of men and (service) robots in laboratory, assembly and various production facilities.

The SCHUNK safety grippers EGN and EZN - here 2-finger parallel gripper EGN in combination with a KUKA jointed-arm robot - grasping footballs.

The world’s first certified Safety Gripping System for a consistent actuator concept for safe human/ machine collaborations. 

SCHUNK closes a gap in the safety concept of your complete system with a unique, standardized safety component. In contrast to other systems on the market, the DGUV-certified SCHUNK EGN and EZN safety gripping systems continue to be powered even during emergency stops, and safely and actively maintain their gripping force. The workpiece is safely held.

See you next year...

...on the 9th Expert Days of Service Robotics!!!

Or on the SCHUNK booth D26 in hall 17 at the Hannover Messe 2015
from 13. to 17. April 2015!


Montag, 23. Februar 2015

Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum at Singapore

One of my highlights during my quick trip to Singapore:
the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
 a Buddhist temple and museum complex located in the Chinatown district of Singapore.

Compared to other houses of prayer from other religions, guests from all cultures and religions are welcomed and ESPECIALLY taking photographs is not a problem at all in most of the parts of the temple.

The temple is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style and built to house the tooth relic of the historical Buddha. The ground breaking ceremony was conducted on 13 March 2005. So the temple is pretty new - not more than 10 years old!

Since opening, the temple has become a popular attraction within Chinatown.

Hundred Dragons Hall - Maitreya Hall
The Hundred Dragons Hall is located on the first floor of the Temple and is designed after Buddhist temples of the Tang Dynasty. It is solemn and dignified with a hundred Buddhas enshrined on both sides of the hall. The statues of One Hundred Buddhas are individually handcrafted by several sculptors.

Whenever you have the chance to visit the temple, don’t forget to go up to level 5 (roof garden) to check out the Vairocana Buddha Prayer Wheel. The wheel is the largest cloisonné Buddha Prayer Wheel in the world.

Being on the forth floor of the temple you feel like kilometers away from Singapore daily rush and hecticness.

On the fourth floor is the Chamber of the Sacred Buddha Tooth. The gold Sacred Buddha's Tooth Relic Stupa is the center of focus in this magnificent room. There is a gold canopy above the stupas and the floor is lined with gold tiles. Only the Sangha have access to the inner chamber to conduct the various daily services. The visitors are only allowed to observe the daily services from the public viewing area. No photography is allowed in this hall! ;-)

Outside the temple you are quickly back in Singapore reality!!!

In my next post I'll put a focus on the temple's third floor - the Samantabhadra Hall - Nagapuspa Buddhist Culture Museum with its wonderful collection of Buddha statuary.

Montag, 16. Februar 2015

Happy Chinese New Year 恭禧發財

19.02.2015 - 07.02.2016

Year of the Goat / Sheep / Ram


Ranking the eighth position of all the animals in Chinese zodiac, Sheep (Ram or Goat) represents solidarity, harmony and calmness. People born in the year of the Sheep are polite, mild mannered, shy, imaginative, determined and have good taste. On the negative side, they are sometimes pessimistic, unrealistic, short-sighted and slow in behavior.

Chinatown, Singapore 2015

Good fortune seemed to be with the brave people.

Montag, 19. Januar 2015

Winter in Germany - part 2

Basics of the winter time...

... in Germany on a sunny morning in January!

Artwork made by nature and... sub-zero temperatures.

 Ice leaves???

Or ice blossoms?

 Frozen feather!!!


Which of the frozen puddles is your favourite?