TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Taiwanese students with intriguing and practical inventions for daily use as well as medical diagnosis see a bright future ahead.
A female high school student named Chien Shi-ting (簡詩婷) in Nantou County came up with an idea of a bicycle installed with a washing drum. Thus, it works simultaneously as transportation and a washing machine. When riding the bike, the pedaling powers make the drum rotate and starts the washing process, according to CNA.
Derived from personal experience, Chien told CNA that she was complained by her mother about how smelly and sweaty her body and clothes were, after coming home from a physical education class. Therefore, she decided to make this invention in order to incite and make good use of a 30-minute cycling trip, as well as to avoid complaints from her seniors.
The dirty pants washed by her invention were measured to be cleaner than if they were actually washed by hand, CNA reported.
With the help from two teachers and collaboration from other two students, Chien's invention gained a silver medal at the 2018 International Invention Fair iENA in Germany in November.
Meanwhile, a prototype of an iPad-run drawing app used for the diagnosis of mental illness was designed by a medical student from National Yangming University (NYMU) named Lin Yu-hsiu (林鈺修), CNA reports.
According to a press release by NYMU, Lin was one of the students, who was recommended to join the talent cultivation program by Taiwanese government and got trained with renowned Canadian neuroscientist and psychiatrist, Dr. Georg Northoff.
During his trip to Canada, Lin created a drawing module that ran on the iPad tablet as a medium to measure the variation of canvas painting to initially study brain wave data of mental disorder patients.
Speaking with CNA, Lin said that he will further research the connection between painting and personality. He expects to work on a set of painting modules to assist doctors for clinical diagnosis in the future.