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3 Sillimanians speak at DOST expo

Angelica Mae D. Gomez

DEVELOP. Students of the SU College of Computer Studies showcase their projects at the Dumaguete University Town Innovative Expo organized by the DOST last Nov. 28 at the Robinson’s Mall Dumaguete. PHOTO BY Gloria Gem Lumayag

DEVELOP. Students of the SU College of Computer Studies showcase their projects at the Dumaguete University Town Innovative Expo organized by the DOST last Nov. 28 at the Robinson’s Mall Dumaguete. PHOTO BY Gloria Gem Lumayag

THREE STUDENTS FROM the College of Computer Studies of Silliman University (SU) presented a demo on game and application development at the “Dumaguete University Town Innovation Expo” last Nov. 28-29 at Robinson’s Place Dumaguete.

The three Sillimanians who showcased their innovative projects were Ryan Jefferson Marinay, Marc Caen Aricheta, and Bernardo Dadea Jr., senior information technology students.

The first project they exhibited is the “Bitking” which they developed using Unity3D , a powerful cross-platform 3D engine that creates 3D games and applications for mobile, desktop, the web, and consoles.

According to Marinay, Bitking is a platform game and the story follows Bitking, a king of a peaceful kingdom in which some invaders ruined as they casted the king into a bit dimension. The game play is about Bitking trying his best to go back to his kingdom to save his people.

The game features a menu that lets the user become familiarized with the keys and buttons to press as well as a tutorial of the game.

The second project that they exhibited was the Silliman University Virtual Reality (SUVR) where the users get to experience a life size, 3D virtual environment of the SU campus using a Samsung Gear VR.

“The purpose of SUVR is to allow people to see Silliman in a technologically innovative way and it’s something new to our school and it also showcases historical landmarks and buildings in our campus,” Dadea said.

The SUVR features 360 degree photos of the different areas around campus, audio voice of a campus ambassador who will share some fun facts or trivia about SU, information about specific campus spots, and a speech recognition system where the user can use his or her voice as a command in order to navigate the tour.

Hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the expo aimed to exhibit each university’s technological innovation and project that would benefit the community.

According to Gilbert Arbon, provincial science and technology director of DOST, “It’s about innovation. It’s about encouraging our local academic institutions to try to come up with new technologies, new products that can be solutions to a problem, community, or can be accepted by the market.”

The two-day event featured the student exhibits from SU, Foundation University, Negros Oriental State University, and St. Paul University Dumaguete and a seminar about intellectual property intended mainly for college students.

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