Engr. Edgar Garcia (middle) of the Technology Application and Promotion Institute
(DOST-TAPI) receives the gold medals for the Smart Surface and Biotek-M projects
during the 46th Geneva Inventions (photo from Engr. Garcia).


GENEVA, SWITZERLAND—Smart Surface, a system that converts virtually any flat surface into an interactive interface, garnered a gold medal with jury distinction during the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva (Geneva Inventions) on April 11-15, 2018.

This technology is an answer to the challenge of enhancing the learning environment by offering interactive learning environments that increase learning effectiveness through active participation.

Smart Surface boasts for its distinct features that can compete with the already existing products in the market. Its content can be customized according to the client’s preference; it is portable; it can be installed in existing surfaces; and most importantly, it is low-cost with speedy after-sales support in cases of replacement, repair services, or technical help.

Aside from its applications for learning, Smart Surface is also seen to have various applications in restaurants, exhibits/fairs, advertising, and other activities that involves interactive presentations.

This system is developed by the UP Diliman Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute led by Dr. Nestor Michael Tiglao, with funding assistance from the Technicom Program of DOST - TAPI and monitored by DOST - PCIEERD

Another gold medal was received by the Biotek-M Aqua Kit, a technology developed by UP Manila. This is a confirmatory test that can detect dengue infection within an hour or less for use in hospitals and stand-alone and chain laboratories.

Geneva Inventions, with participation from more than 45 countries, is the biggest international event dedicated to feature the newest creations worldwide, which also serves as a marketplace for licenses for industrialists, distributors, and financial experts. This event is supported by the Swiss government and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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