Expo to show Taiwan’s pioneering technology

FLOWERY TALK:: Taipei mayor Hau Lung-bin said visitors to the Pavilion of Dreams would be left with ‘beautiful memories of an unforgettable experience’


Thu, Jul 23, 2009 - Page 11

The 2010 Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition will amaze the world with Taiwan’s pioneering technologies, Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bing (郝龍斌) said yesterday.

The expo, to be held for the first time in Taiwan from Nov. 6 next year to April 25, 2011 will bring international players in the industry together. It will be the first internationally recognized exposition to take place in Taipei, and the seventh of its kind to take place in Asia. Taipei City estimates that the event will attract 6 million visitors.

“The expo will not only showcase Taiwan’s outstanding achievements in gardening and biotechnology to the world but also serve as a great opportunity to market Taiwan and Taipei, as we are a high-tech country and city,” Hau said at a news conference to unveil the design and concept of the expo’s Pavilion of Dreams.

The pavilion will showcase Taiwan’s latest technologies, featuring five of the most advanced patent technologies developed by the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI, 工研院), which is in charge of designing the pavilion.

The technologies include a 1mm flexible speaker, a naked-eye 3D display, ultra-high radio frequency identification (RFID), ultra wideband (UWB) touch-free physiologic detection and an electro-controlled flexible chromic LCD panel, ITRI said.

“The Pavilion of Dreams, will feature the most cutting-edge technology of the expo’s 14 pavilions, and no doubt leave every visitor with beautiful memories of an unforgettable experience,” Hau said.

With Taiwan’s advanced digital technologies, sensor technology and interactive technologies, visitors to the pavilion will enjoy a unique audio and sensory experience, the Taipei City government said.

Visitors to the pavilion will be greeted by a 6m wide mechanical flower installation and a forest tunnel with leaves made of ultra-thin flexible speakers to imitate the sounds of nature.

Putting on an RFID bangle when they enter the pavilion to start recording their movements and experiences, visitors will also be able to interact with a 360° real-time panoramic theater that will be equipped with the world’s first UWB touch-free physiological detection machine to gauge visitors’ heartbeats and transform the data into fast-moving images on a screen.

Before leaving, visitors will be asked to scan their RFID bangles to have a computer create a unique “dream flower” that will be planted in the “city garden,” leaving a mark of their visit to the pavilion, the ITRI said.