Philippine Robots in Action

Posted by Paolo Chikiamco On December - 13 - 2010

As I mentioned last week, the House of Representatives (or at least the lobby of the North Wing) got a dose of science during a three day visit from representatives of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), our student representatives to the 7th World Robot Olympiad, and a pair of home grown terminators robots, who were more than willing to show me their evident superiority moves. Well, actually the robots ignored me, but luckily their human attendants were more gracious, and allowed me to take a few videos with my N8.

Nerrisa Nicolas, one of the team of high school students from Dr. Yanga Colleges Inc. who brought home the gold medal at the 7th World Robot Olympiad, gives me a demonstration of Pnoy (note the glasses), the multi-lingual tourist robot who helped them bag the gold. She tells us what materials he’s made of (you may be surprised), how long it took to create him, and what he can do–make sure you stick around until the end of the video for a ‘dawww…’ moment (well, for me at least).

More videos, this time with Larry Labuyo, after the cut.

In this video, officials of the Department of Science Technology, including Ms. Ruby Cristobal, Chief of the STMERPD (Science and Technology Manpower Education Research and Promotions Division), gives me a demonstration of Robot “Rookie All Star” Larry Labuyo (created by Team Lagablab, students from the Philippine Science High School), and tell me a bit about the robotic “contact sport” Larry plays so well. The audio in the first part is a bit soft, but it improves when Ruby arrives (although the camera angles are still a bit weird, since I was trying to maintain eye contact while filming). Oh, here’s the video Ruby mentioned of Larry Labuyo in action during the 2009 FIRST Robotics Competition:

OK, so we still have a long way to go before we need to worry about Skynet, but I do think it’s important to know that there are young budding engineers out there who are both interested and capable in the field of robotics. I think it’s equally important to support them as best we can, and part of that is by giving them more publicity, and getting more people–whether they be students or sponsors–interested in science. I’ll try to get more in-depth interviews with both Nerissa and Ruby up when I can, but in the meantime, spread the word: science rocks, and we need more of it here.

(Especially since we know even John Connor needs Terminators to kick Terminator ass.)

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