Filipinos are inherently rich with new ideas or creations but these are usually dismissed, postponed, or neglected due to multiple varying reasons. Later on, they found out that others who had the same idea, took it to the market before they did. Thus making it a little too late for them to capitalize on the same idea.
Protecting your ideas can be a meticulous process that may include lots of paperworks and multiple stages of bureaucratic processes, which is more often than not, expensive. On top of these, you will need to go from one office to the next several times just to complete a single application. But what if there is a way for every inventor to protect their ideas and get updates on their applications at their fingertips?
With the visionary minds working tirelessly to provide continuous service to Filipino inventors,the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology though the Invention Development Division(IDD) has created an electronic system that enables inventors to monitor their requests to secure their intellectual property (IP) rights.
In compliance with the program guidelines of conducting monitoring on their funded technologies, the Department of Science and Technology-Technology Application and Promotion Institute (DOST-TAPI) through the Technology Innovation for Commercialization (TECHNICOM) program together with DOST-PCAARRD held a Zoom conference with the proponents of CACAO AID on June 22, 2020.
With eight DOST staff present, project proponents Engr. Ryann Alimuin and Engr. Joevil Razon of the Technological Institute of the Philippines shared updates on the current status of their CACAO AID project--a handheld electronic meter used to determine a cacao pod’s maturity by firing a low power microwave signal to measure the fruit’s internal viscosity.
According to Engr. Razon, the latest 3D-printed design features a display component that visualizes the output of the artificial intelligence (AI) system installed in the device. The AI system determines a cacao pod’s variety and checks if it is mature enough to harvest.
Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines has already been battling another serious health problem. This also poses an imminent threat to the country’s economy and the overall nutrition of the Filipino population, especially of children if not addressed immediately.
Stunting or being too short for a child’s age is one of the most significant impediments to human development with over 162 million children under the age of 5 being affected globally according to the World Health Organization.
Likewise, stunting has been linked with poor cognitive and educational outcomes among affected children and has a significant impact on economic development of an individual, household, and at the community levels.