Taiwanese inventions rake in medals at Geneva exhibition
Almost all of Taiwan’s 55 entries medaled at the 2015 International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland, a testament to the quality of Taiwan’s inventions, the head of Taiwan’s delegation said.
In an award ceremony that day, Taiwanese inventors won 53 medals, including 26 gold, 16 silver and 11 bronze, as well as seven special awards, which was the highest percentage of wins Taiwan has ever attained at the fair, said Chen Tsung-tai, chief of the Taiwan Invention Association.
Among the gold medal winners was a transparent, semi sphereshaped box with three holes that allows users to insert their hands into the box and polish their nails in a confined and safe space.
Ting Yung- chiang, assistant professor at Far East University’s Department of Cosmetic Applications and Management who led the invention project, said his research lab is located next to a nail polishing classroom and the odor leaking out from the classroom would worry him every time he passed by.
“The students may not be paying attention to it, but I am concerned,” said Ting, whose invention is equipped with a high-efficiency nano filter that can filter out toxic gases emitted from nail polishing.
Another gold medal winner was a water-saving urinal developed by a team led by Chang Chia-pao, associate professor of National ChinYi University of Technology’s Department of Industrial Engineering and Management.
The urinal is cleaned with atomized water, which reduces around 75 percent of the water needed to clean a traditional urinal. Chang said the invention is still “rough” and it would take around a year to commercialize the product.
Meanwhile, Kou Chia-han, a student from Kainan High School of Commerce and Industry, has invented a gold medal-winning interactive device that allows plants to detect the approach of humans.
Using the phenomena of electrical conductivity, the device automatically activates alarms or audio tones when a person comes within four meters of a plant.
The annual fair, which is considered the world’s largest marketplace for inventions, opened April 15 and will run until Sunday.
The inventions of more than 700 companies, schools and individual inventors from over 45 countries were on display this year.
Taiwan has taken part in the event on a regular basis and often comes away with dozens of medals. Last year, it won 37 gold, 39 silver, and 16 bronze medals, as well as six special awards.