Taiwan wins big in GenevaTaiwan garnered 28 gold, 21 silver and 10 bronze medals at the April 24 award ceremony of the 2010 International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, the most number of awards earned by any participating country. This year Taiwan submitted a total of 63 entries for the exhibition, among which the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan (TSINT) took 3 gold, 6 silver and 4 bronze medals, the most number of awards won by Taiwan’s exhibitors.
The “environmentally friendly and energy- and power-saving night lamp” developed by a group including Chen Liang-yu, a student at TSINT’s Institute of Mechatronic Engineering, was designed especially for those with sleep problems. The night lamp incorporates a sound-control device that regulates the lamp’s brightness without having to get up from the bed. It can also automatically release anion aromatic oil to help induce sleep. Another special feature of the lamp is that it is installed with a “transistor oscillator” that can emit a high frequency of 200-kilohertz to repulse mosquitoes and one-kilohertz low frequency tone bursts to help induce sleep.
Another gold medal invention by Chen was a “multiple-function skylight and emergency exit” that provides ventilation, anti-burglar protection and can serve as an emergency exit. The invention makes use of mechanical leverage and strong valve spring device that can easily be opened by pushing outward or taken out from inside during an emergency. The skylight window can also be opened narrowly to as much as two centimeters to improve car ventilation. The special design also makes it difficult for the window to be opened from outside.
A “motorbike forced-air intake cooling system” earned the college another gold medal. The system utilizes a Thermoelectric Cooler Device (TEC Device) to force a reduction in temperature of fresh air flowing from the air filter. This helps to raise the oxygen level in the combustion chamber and increase the volumetric efficiency and horsepower of the engine.
In addition to the creativity of students, many small Taiwan enterprises and traditional industries won prizes this year. One creative invention is the “multifunction folding trolley bike” that has a 90 percent energy saving IC light bulb. All these inventions demonstrate the creativity of small businesses in Taiwan.
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Taiwan inventors top world in Geneva (April 26, 2010)
Press Release, Government Information Office of Taiwan, 27.04.2010
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