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Taiwan wins special awards at British Invention Show

Taiwan wins special awards at British Invention Show

London, Oct. 26 (CNA) Taiwan bagged three special awards on Friday at the 12th British Invention Show, the U.K.'s largest exhibition of invention, innovation and technology being held at the Barbican Centre Oct. 24-27. Some 150 exhibits from 15 countries were scored by a panel of 25 expert judges on behalf of the British Inventor's Society for the World Invention Award and British Invention of the Year Awards, which were presented in London Friday. Taiwan's delegation to the show traveled with 23 creations, which were presented by research teams from eight universities, two senior high schools and two companies. One of the Taiwanese designs to win an award was an energy-controlled LED lighting device created by associate professor Tsai Yen-hsin from Taipei Chengshih University of Science and Technology and his students. The device was honored with a Diamond Award at the invention show, an annual event created to develop new business opportunities by bringing innovation and enterprise, investors and inventors, designers and manufacturers alongside associated services. The LED invention is equipped with infrared rays and it can automatically adjust its brightness based on the movement of vehicles and persons, Tsai said. The patented light fitting, which is capable of saving more than 90 percent of energy compared with traditional lamps and lighting tubes, can be used in indoor parking places thanks to microwave sensors, he added. Tsai's team also won a Double Gold Award for an automatic sterilization device designed for shoes. The sterilization device "is every convenient for people who wear shoes for a long period of time, for bowling alley operators and for patients with athlete's foot, for example," Tsai said, explaining that the disinfection rate of the UV-LED sterilizer reached more than 99 percent after 4 hours of operation. The device, which has a timer, allows the user to dry, disinfect, sterilize and deodorize shoes rapidly, and it can also be adapted to any kind of footwear regardless of its shape and size, the inventor said. The device has been patented and is beginning to be commercialized, he added. The other Taiwanese design to win a special award was a wave power generating system created by a team headed by professor Chou Chien-heng from Vanung University in Taoyuan County. The system received a Platinum Award. (By Jennifer Huang and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-02-25 13:47 GMT+08:00