Fri, Sep 30, 2005 - Page 10 News List

Invention Show showcases creativity

By Jason Tan  /  STAFF REPORTER

A representative from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology yesterday displays a robot that can play checkers-type games, teach English pronunciation and spelling, and even answer math questions. The event took place on the opening day of the first annual Taipei International Invention Show and Technomart, which will run until Sunday.

PHOTO: CHIEN JUNG-FONG, TAIPEI TIMES

The first annual Taipei Interna-tional Invention Show and Technomart, which began yesterday, is set to showcase creative products from local and overseas inventors, and promote their commercialization.

Highlights of the show include the Taipei Invention Awards pavilion, which displays most of the award-winning products from the 249 entries that made the contest's shortlist. The inventions cover the fields of sports, healthcare, pharmaceutical products, electrical appliances and others.

Among the winning products is a skateboard created by Be-U Co (台灣流行顏色).

The skateboard comes with a swing bar and a firm chassis, solving some problems seen with conventional boards, which have a fixed bar that is hard to maneuver, said Chen Cho-yun (陳卓雲), a director at the Taipei-based company.

The innovation, which has 11 patents, has also won accolades from the Asian Invention Awards, Geneva Invention Awards and the Russia Energy Saving Awards, she said.

The company will officially commercialize the board next month, with 1,000 first-batch units coming out in Taiwan, she said, adding that the firm is confident of selling around 10,000 units within a year.

The other winning entry is a water basin, which features water fed from two sides, with the flow triggered by a sensor. The design is said to save water and means users don't have to come into contact with the basin, making it more hygienic.

The show will run till Sunday at the Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall I, from 9:30am to 5:30pm every day, and admission is free.

The four-day exhibition showcases various inventions at 703 booths set up by Taiwanese companies and their counterparts from 18 other countries.

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