Filipino-made interactive touch screen will soon hit the PH market

  • The Department of Science and Technology announced that the “Smart Surface Technology” will soon be sold in the Philippine market
  • The locally-made system converts virtually any flat surface into an interactive interface, for applications in education, food service, advertising, among others
  • It will soon be out in the market as a spin-off company is being established for the product’s commercialization

A locally-made portable interactive screen developed by researchers from the University of the Philippines Diliman is slated for market release.

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The Department of Science and Technology recently announced that the Filipino-developed technology dubbed as “Smart Surface Technology” will soon be out in the market as a spin-off company is being established for the commercialization of the technology.

The locally-made system, which was developed by Dr. Nestor Tiglao and his team from the University of the Philippines Diliman Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP-EEEI), converts virtually any flat surface into an interactive interface, for applications in education, food service, advertising, and consumer electronics.

“Smart Surface offers unique features such as multi touch and wireless connectivity that can compete with the already existing products in the market. The system is portable, easy to install, and affordable, with speedy after-sales support in cases of replacement, repair services, or technical help,” the DOST said in a press release.

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The product can cater to events and marketing activities in the country like trade shows, bridal fairs, baby fairs, book fairs, car shows and other types of expositions.

The commercialization of the technology is timely, the DOST said, as event organizers find it difficult and costly to bring different kinds of exhibit materials like tarpaulins, posters, television, LCD screens in the venue.

“The features of the Smart Surface technology, such as portability, data analytics, robust and customizable content, are designed to bridge those gaps,” the agency said.

It was disclosed that a software application is in the works which can be partnered with the Smart Surface system; enabling users to design interactive content such as quizzes and customer survey.

The Smart Surface Technology has won a gold medal award with jury distinction during the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva (Geneva Inventions) in April 2018.