Tai­wanese in­ven­tions rake in medals at Geneva ex­hi­bi­tion

The China Post - - LOCAL -

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.

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