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Taiwan crowned the champion at 2018 Tokyo invention expo

2018/07/06 17:15:47

Photo courtesy of Chinese Innovation And Invention Society

Taipei, July 6 (CNA) Taiwan has taken first place at the 32nd World Genius Convention and Education Expo 2018 in Tokyo, capturing 22 golds, 10 silvers, two bronzes, and five special awards to defend its title.

Taiwan also finished first at last year's expo with 29 golds, 17 silvers and six special awards.

More than 150 entries from 12 countries were submitted to this year's expo held July 4-5, and 39 of the 42 works submitted by Taiwanese earned awards.

Gold medal winners Huang Wei-min (黃偉閔), Huang Yu-wen (黃郁玟), and Chen Yu-an (陳佑安), students from Chung Hua University in Hsinchu, were awarded for a shared bike system they came up with called the "B-Bike."

Users of the B-Bikes can get a discount depending on how much electricity they generate as they cycle around, according to the students.

The electricity generated is stored on the bike and collected at the bike station to sell to those who want to recharge their smartphones or other electronic devices, turning the bike system into an eco-friendly platform, the students said.

A team comprised of students from Taipei Fuhsing Private School won two golds and two special awards at the expo with their inventions that can help in the long-term care of the elderly in aging societies.

One of the awarded works was a mechanical lift that can be used in conjunction with a toilet seat to make it easier to use the toilet or on a bed to help a person lean to one side so they can be cleaned by a caregiver.

The expo was held at Tokyo International Forum, located in downtown Tokyo.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Hsu Hsiao-ling)
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