Pocket Chopstick Sanitizer Shines in Technology Exhibition

Pocket Chopstick Sanitizer Shines in Technology Exhibition
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Compiled and translated by Shin-wei Chang

Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) has released its latest innovation, the Pocket Chopstick Sanitizer (筷潔菌).

According to estimates, China produces some 80 billion disposable chopsticks each year and many groups are concerned about the environmental damage caused by millions of people not reusing chopsticks each day.

For people eating with reusable plastic or metal chopsticks, ITRI says, chopstick hygiene is often overlooked in daily life. If chopsticks are not washed thoroughly, they can become a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and mold - including E.coli and other pathogens.

ITRI says 99.9% of the bacteria on the chopsticks can be removed after sticking the chopsticks into the sanitizer for 90 seconds. The machine uses smart sensors to ensure user safety, preventing the radiation from its UVC LED light disinfection system from harming the users. The sanitizer can be disassembled for cleaning.

ITRI’s product has been selected as one of the 36 winners of the Best Choice Award (BC Award) at the upcoming technology exhibition COMPUTEX 2016, which runs from May 31 to June 4.

The sanitizer, which has already been issued 12 patents, was recognized by the judging panel for being highly efficient. Among the 36 winners of the BC Award, eight will be chosen as the overall winner of the Best Choice of the Year on May 31.

COMPUTEX 2016 features a range of technologies and innovations across business intelligence, audio and visual entertainment and virtual reality. More than 1,000 companies from 29 countries will participate in the exhibition. This year, it has a new section for startups, InnoVEX, with 15 international startups exhibiting.

Edited by Edward White







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