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Taiwan shines at Sicily invention show

2012/06/06 14:02:29

Rome, June 6 (CNA) Taiwan performed well at the 2012 Inventeco International Invention Show in Sicily, Italy that ended Tuesday, winning 59 gold, 38 silver, and eight bronze medals.

One of 17 countries to participate in the June 3-5 show, Taiwan submitted 120 of the 521 entries on display.

One of the winning inventions was related to making life easier for senior citizens.

The improved walker designed by a team from National Chin-Yi University of Technology is safe and steady and makes it easier for the elderly or less mobile people to move around.

Another winner was a unique floor designed to accompany water-saving squat toilets. The design uses special angles and grooves to help users get up easier and reduce the numbness in their legs from squatting for extended periods of time.

Another research team from Ching Yun University designed an LED flashlight that can be charged quickly -- in only 20 seconds for 30 minutes of use -- for firefighters.

Wu Chih-yao, secretary general of the Chinese Innovation and Invention Society, said Taiwan has actively participated in international invention shows in recent years, encouraging more people to pay attention to products around them and come up with ideas to bring greater convenience to daily life.

(By Cheng Chieh-yi and Lilian Wu)