Device that allows blind people to see among new inventions made by CV 'Pisay' students

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STUDENTS of the Pjilippine Science High School - Central Visayas Campus (PSHS-CVisC) unveiled four inventions,

including a device that allows blind people to be able "to see" their surroundings despite their disability.

The four inventions were featured during PSHS-CVIsC's Tatak Pisay, Orihinal na Likha media presentation held in

Mandaue City on Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

The forum on Wednesday was the first time that PSHS-CVIsC had presented to the public the products and inventions of their students, said Lilia Habacon, PSHS System executive director.

VISION

One of the inventions featured during the forum is VISION or System for Assisting Visually-Impaired User, that

allows its users to detect, feel, and see the objects in their surroundings.

The system, an invention of student Vaughn Matthew Valle and Dr. Benito Baje, comprises a user device that includes a camera that records and collects data in the surrounding and an audible output device that instructs the user of the current situation of his surroundings.

According to Valle and Baje, their invention could benefit visually-impaired individuals.

Other inventions

Aside from Vision, other inventions that were presented during the forum are These are the the Multi -Purpose

Interconnected Transceiver Apparatus (MITS), Portable Water Quality Assessment Device (IMAHE), and Aquaculture

Monitoring Device (BANTAY).

BANTAY is prototype of a floating monitoring device that checks the water qualities of aquaculture and fish farms based on three parameters: water temperature, pH levels, and dissolved oxygen.

The device, which was invented by students Samantha Faye Salva, Angel Karl Gordo, Merci Emmanuelle Ceniza and Arlo Chavez, aims to provide fish farmers real-time data that could help address problems in fisheries arising from contaminated water and avoid fish kills and loss of income.

Another invention featured during the forum is MITS or Multipurpose Interconnected Transceiver Apparatus) which a device that gathers and transmits data such as weather conditions in a specific environment, and finds the

location of other users in a different area without the use of the Internet.

According to its inventors, MITS can capture realtime data for weather indicators such as temperature, humidity, heat index, pressure, and altitude. It can also triangulate the current latitude, longitude, course, speed, and local web server for a GPS tracking system.

MITS can also be used to assess the weather conditions of rural and remote areas that have limited access to the

internet.

MITS is the invention of Melicor McSteven, Christian James Fantonial, Elram Espra, and Dr. Benito Baje.

While IMAHE is a portable water quality assessment device that identifies and assesses the size of microplastics

within a provided sample.

The device, invented by students Josefino Nino Ligan, Chesyne Danielle Pepito, David Elijah Corsini Atup and

Ro-ann Laude, utilizes an image processing system through a camera and a microscope inside a portable housing

compartment.

Three of the four inventions have already gotten patented at the the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and while the other secured a patent from the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL).

IPOPHL is a government agency that mandates state policies on intellectual property (IP) and protection of IP rights in the country. On the other hand, WIPO is a global forum for IP services, policy, information and cooperation and a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states.

Ready for public use

Habacon told SunStar Cebu that the inventions made by their students can benefit the public and can be used for

market research.

"These developments, these products are not for display. we want them to use for the public good, hindi naman sili ang kikita diyan, pero ang makikinabang ay ang public," Habacon added.

According to Habacon, that they have been actively registering their students' inventions since 2018 which resulted to them getting five patents, four from its Central Visayas campus and one from its Bicol region campus.

She added for the inventions to be commercialized and be used by the public, it must undergo improvement through

technology transfer and other processes.

Dr. Rachel Luz Rica, PSHS-CVIsC campus director, said she is very proud that the work of their students has paid

off.

"Finally, we were able to showcase the inventions of our students. Previously we had the innovation of our scholars ug karon lang siya na-recognize sa IPOPHIL and then WIPO. We are very proud because their hard work pays off," she added.

PSHS-CVisC, whose campus is located in Barangay Talaytay, Argao in southern Cebu, has 540 scholars.

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