Students showcase innovative inventions

CONSIDER having a ‘smart’ home, ‘smart‘ mirror and a ‘smart’ trashcan in the future invented by the students in Colegio de Dagupan (CdD).

Grade 12 student Dexter De Guzman who came up his ‘CdD Robotrash’ a ‘smart’ trashcan that also prevents spread of viruses and germs.

His ‘Robotrash’ opens on its own through a sensor, without need for a hand or foot to open it that risks catching germs using a remote control that has speakers, charges phones powered by a solar panel.  “For its improvement, I was advised to use (install) global positioning system on it to further its mobility,” he said.

5th year Electronics and Communications Engineering (ECE) student Lorden Kim Cornel came up with a ‘smart’ home, where appliances in a house could be monitored and controlled through a voice command through a smartphone even away from home via internet.

Franz Velasco, also a 5th year ECE student, invented the ‘smart’ mirror presently installed at the Arzadon Research Center (ARC), where the other inventions of CdD’s students are displayed.  His ‘smart’ mirror is a voice command program that switching on and off of the lights at the ARC as well as gives update on the weather, news, upcoming events, among others.

Engr. Roderick Cabaña, assistant dean of CdD’s engineering department, said some 15 projects of about 150 students are displayed at the ARC.

“The materials they used in some of their inventions are mostly recycled and eco-friendly products,” he said. “Most of their inventions are geared towards improving the lives of the people but also sustaining the environment,” he added.

CdD president Dr. Voltaire Arzadon said the exhibit of inventions aims to encourage more students to innovate or invent new technologies or equipment that will be beneficial to the community.

Engr. Gerwin Guba, a graduate of Computer Engineering at CdD in 2003, is the brainchild of Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), is a breakthrough in the country’s disaster management and also one of the engineers that developed and designed the DIWATA-I and II, Philippine microsatellites launched to the International Space Station on March 23, 2016 and October 29,2018, respectively.

Guba was awarded the Presidential Lingkod Bayan 2019 by President Rodrigo Duterte. (Jerick Pasiliao) 

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