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The Embedded Systems Group (ESG) of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) emerged as one of the top winners of this year's National Invention Contests and Exhibits (2010 NICE) held at SM Trade Hall, Cebu from November 25 to 27, 2010. The team won the award for Outstanding Utility Model Category for their entry of the Digital Wood Moisture Meter (DWMM) calibrated to Philippine wood species. The DWMM is a low-cost alternative device that measures moisture content of selected local hardwoods. It has been an indispensable tool for local woodworking furniture industries.
The Embedded Systems Group (ESG) of the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) emerged as one of the top winners of this year's National Invention Contests and Exhibits (2010 NICE) held at SM Trade Hall, Cebu from November 25 to 27, 2010. The team won the award for Outstanding Utility Model Category for their entry of the Digital Wood Moisture Meter (DWMM) calibrated to Philippine wood species. The DWMM is a low-cost alternative device that measures moisture content of selected local hardwoods. It has been an indispensable tool for local woodworking furniture industries.

"We are overjoyed with the number of awards the DWMM has reaped over the years. Our intention was never to collect recognition, but to help our stakeholders with tools that would simply make their lives easier through technology. This award cements our commitment in bringing more inventions for our country," said Gerwin P. Guba, Team Leader of the ESG. The project was a collaborative project between ASTI and the Forest Products Research and Development Institute (FPRDI).

Eleven finalists vied for the Outstanding Utility Model Category. The finalists came from Regional Clusters from all over the Philippines, specifically form the National Capital Regions (NCR), CALABARZON, Region V and Region VI. This year's entries for NICE are comprised of 376 entries from Mindanao, Visayas, Northern Luzon, Southern Luzon, Central Luzon, and NCR. Other categories for the event were:

Outstanding Invention (TUKLAS Award), with 9 competing inventions
Outstanding Utility Model, with 11 competing models
Outstanding Industrial Design, with 4 qualifiers
Oustanding Creative Research (LIKHA Award), with 15 qualifiers
Outstanding Student Creative Research College Level (SIBOL), with 15 finalists
Outstanding Student Creative Research High School Level (SIBOL), with 14 finalists

NICE is a yearly event hosted by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Technology Application and Promotion Institute (TAPI) to seek for outstanding inventions, industrial designs, utility models, and creative researches to help boost the country's economic development. The event highlights Filipino inventors by showcasing their inventions for potential commercialization. This also serves as a venue to encourage inventiveness and ingenuity of the Filipino youth and the technically-oriented sectors of the society.
The event is supported by the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCII), Chemrez Technologies, Inc. and Philippine Development Alternatives Foundation (PDAF).