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Taiwan bags 22 gold medals at Geneva invention fair

2018/04/14 20:07:44

Photo courtesy of Taipei City University of Science and Technology

Taipei, April 14 (CNA) Taiwanese inventors bagged a total of 41 medals, including 22 gold medals, at the International Exhibition of Inventions Geneva in Switzerland this year, the Taiwan Invention Association said Saturday.

Taiwanese inventors also won 17 silver and 2 bronze medals, as well as seven special prizes, according to the invention association.

More than half of the displayed inventions this year are related to the biotech industry, said association head Chen Tsung-tai (陳宗台), who led the Taiwanese delegation at the event.

There were also conventional inventions to help with daily life, including face masks extracted from orchids and specially designed body shapers.

Among the award recipients, participants from Taipei City University of Science and Technology were the biggest winners from Taiwan, bagging 5 gold, 5 silver and 2 bronze medals along with one special prize award.

One item that drew the spotlight was the school's "smart green clothes hanger" for drying clothes outside, which can detect rain and send a notification to the user's smartphone.

The invention won gold and a special prize mention.

Other gold-award items from the university included a "smart baby carrier" that comes with embedded sensors to relay information wirelessly via Bluetooth to the user's smartphone.

This year, some 700 exhibitors from 40 countries attended the fair -- now in its 46th year -- in which 1,000 new innovations were displayed, according to organizers.

The annual fair, which is dubbed as the world's largest market-place for inventions, opened April 11 and runs through Sunday.

(By Chen Chih-chung and Ko Lin)