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‘Robocop’ wins top prize at China fair

‘Robocop’ wins top prize at China fair
By Manolo B. Jara


MANILA They call it “Mac,” or the Mechanical Anti-Terrorist Concept, and it did the inventors and the Philippines proud when it was adjudged the winner in the first World Cup for Computer-Implemented Inventions held recently in China.

And the victory is not to be taken for granted since Mac came out on top to win the gold medal among the inventions submitted by 50 countries in the global competition hosted by Suzhou in China.

Reports said the closest competitor from the United Kingdom was a low-cost machine and computer programme that could diagnose human ailments.

Mac has been placed on active duty at the police department of suburban Makati City in Metro Manila, considered the country’s financial centre as well as home to many of the big multinational companies as well as foreign embassies.

Mac was also conferred the rank of police inspector, which is equivalent to a captain in the military.

As its name implies, Mac is one a one-armed, two-foot tall bomb disposal “Robocop” invented by a four-man team, led by Roel John Judilla, the former dean of the mechanical engineering department of the Mapua Institute of Technology (MIT), one of the country’s top engineering private schools.

The other members include Virgilio Malang of the Filipino Inventors’ Society and MIT senior engineering students Jaylord Jaoud and Kit Mistosamente.

After months of fine-tuning, the country’s first bomb disposal robot made its public “debut” in one of the shopping centres on October 14 as the latest member of the Makati police force.

Made of aluminium, fiberglass and engineering plastic, Mac was ordered to examine and retrieve an explosive device that was brought to a bomb disruptor where it was safely detonated.

Its ability to approach, anything or anyone was also showcased when it was made to bring a mobile phone to a supposed hostage-taker in order to give the police and the suspect a way to communicate.

According to Judilla, Mac is a 100 per cent Filipino invention made from spare parts bought from different electrical shops in Quiapo district in Manila.

“With Mac around, families of members of the Makati police bomb disposal unit will be assured that their loved ones will come home alive,” said a confident Judilla.

Senior Superintendent Gilbert Cruz, the Makati police chief, agreed as he emphasised: “Mac will make our job safer. He will take on assignments which could endanger the lives of our policemen.”


Filipino-made robot wins in China tilt

By Marlon Ramos
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 16:58:00 10/22/2008


MANILA, Philippines -- Mac, the Filipino-made explosives disposal robot, has just succeeded in first mission.

The one-armed, night-seeing robot developed by students from the Mapua Institute of Technology won the top prize in the recently held First World Cup of Computer-Implemented Inventions in Shanghai, China, said Senior Supt. Gilbert Cruz, Makati City police chief.

“We have prepared a hero’s welcome for Mac and the team,” Cruz said over the phone Wednesday.

According to Cruz, Mac beat entries from 84 countries which joined the event.

He said Mac -- short for mechanical anti-terrorist concept -- and his team of creators from Mapua led by John Judilla--arrived Tuesday night via Philippine Air Lines.

Cruz himself commissioned the development of the robot to help members of the city’s Bomb Disposal Unit handle bomb threats that business establishments in Makati receive every week.

The robot was unveiled in Makati's business district last week.

Comments

  • Wow, galing naman nila. Congrats! :)
  • ganyan kalupit ang MAPUA

    VIVA MAPUA

    kung icocompae ko to sa DLSU solar powered car

    mas useful ito which is really helpful sa society natin(di ko sinasabing hindi useful yung solar powered car ah)

    at take note mga parts nyan eh sa famous RAON hehe

    ganyan dapat out of the junk you can make a lot of things

    VIVA MAPUA

    proud ako sa kaklase ko isa sa mga inventors nyan GALING!
    MAPUA = ENGINEERING
  • Hi krams.

    Tama ka na parehas useful iyong gawa ng dalawang schools na binanggit mo. Sana nga mas marami pang schools na ma-involved sa pag-iimbento. Kasi dagdag tulong ito sa ating Gobyerno.

    Pero reminder lang. Kindly avoid na icompare iyong mga schools. Kadalasan kasi diyan nagmumula ang iringan kapag may nagsimulang mag-compare. Sapat na siguro iyong hangaan mo iyong mga involved sa nasabing proyekto ng MAC.

    Reminder din. Huwag masyado mayabang ang dating, hindi natin nature ang magyabang. Ang typical na Mapuan, hindi nag-aangat ng sariling bangko.

    Huwag ka magtampo ha. Niremind lang kita. Kasi iba dating ng message mo sa taas eh. Kung halimbawang diyan ako galing sa school na binanggit mo at hindi sa MIT, tiyak magre-react ako. Kaya kindly re-phrase your message hanggat wala pang nakakabasang iba.

    Salamat.

    P.S.

    Siguro kung alam mo iyong private email ng grupo ng MAC inventors, pakihingi na lang at paki-message dito. Para mabati natin sila ng personal. Atleast iyon, sure tayo na mababasa nila. Dito kasi sa PEX, kahit anong bati natin, kung hindi naman sila nagbabasa nito, bale wala rin. Maiinterpret pa ng iba na nagyayabang tayo.

    Salamat ulit.

    God Bless The Cardinals!
  • Viva!

    ang higpit naman ni papabirth! loosen up pre
    hehehe!
  • Viva Mapua! hehe
  • karonakarona PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    congrats

    kala ko si kanina eugenio ng EE ehhe
  • mech_engrmech_engr PEx Rookie ⭐
    galing naman ni jaoud.. dati naalala ko ng aaway pa kmi nian kasi sa laboratory ang lau ng sagot namin sa iba, group n lng nmin d tinatngap *** sagot, ayaw nia p dn pumyaga sabi nia mali daw lahat ng grupo pati *** sir namin... ahaha.. samantlang lht kmi sa grupo pare preho ang sagot... sya lng naiba... nyc one jaoud... viva mapua... malufet p dn MIT.. ala tatalo..
  • I've missed this thread.

    Congratulations! VIVA MAPUA! *okay*
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