Taiwan Inventions Applauded at Paris Awards

Taiwan Inventions Applauded at Paris Awards
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Translated and compiled by Bing-sheng Lee

Taiwan has won 78 medals in Concours Lepine International Paris 2016, one of the world’s most reputed invention fairs, which held its 115th awards ceremony on May 8.

This year ‘s competition saw 556 entries from 15 countries. Of the 78 medals that Taiwan was awarded, eight are gold, nine are silver, and 61 are bronze.

Selfie Video Signature, invented by Wu Yu-jen, CEO of Think Cloud Technology Co., is one of the gold medal winners.

The invention is a tablet application that records people writing signatures on e-documents and makes it into a video, which can substantiate the identity of the people that have signed.

Wu, who is also head of Tai-an Hospital Shuang Shi Branch, says that the most difficult part of digitalizing medical records and hospital documents is proving the authenticity of a signature on a digitalized letter of consent.

His invention solves this problem with recordings of people’s signing process.

A warning system also invented by Wu won a bronze medal. It is a warning system that sends a notification and real-time video to the mobile phones of doctors or nurses when it detects a patient trying to get out of a hospital bed and prevents further injuries.

Another gold medal invention from Taiwan is a collapsible multi-purpose umbrella invented by an elementary school student, Cheng Chien-ting, and his teacher Chen Hung-wei, from Gongguan Elementary School in Miaoli County.

OptionFive, a razor designed by Taiwan Thompson Painting Equipments Co., also won a bronze. Liu Sung-che, director of the company, says that OptionFive is made of high quality zinc alloy and has two patents on its innovative functions and designs. The razor blade of OptionFive can be used much longer than ordinary razor blades.

The product, which costs at least EU$100 (approximately US$114), will be sold in Europe for mainly high-income customers.

The Buddhist Compassion Relief Tzu Chi Foundation from Taiwan won four golds and two silvers for its inventions related to the organization’s international disaster rescue and response.

Hsu Yi-chuan, associate professor of Industrial Design at National United University and leader of the Taiwanese delegation, says the major recognition earned by Tzu Chi has shown that the jury this year values the importance of humanitarian work.

Taiwan has been participating in the event since 2010.

Edited by Olivia Yang

Sources:
“Taiwan wins 78 medals at Paris invention fair” (Focus Taiwan)
“ROC wins 78 medals at Paris invention fair including 8 golds” (The China Post)
“Taiwan inventors win honors at Concours Lépine” (Radio Taiwan International)
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