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Taiwan biggest winner again at the International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva
瑞士國際發明展 台灣大放異彩

Chen Peng-jen presents his invention, an electric folding bicycle, at the 40th International Exhibition of Inventions, in Geneva, Switzerland, on April 18.

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Students from the Affiliated Experimental High School of Tunghai University who participated in the 40th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva, Switzerland this year, won one gold medal, two silver medals, and one bronze. They returned to school on April 26, basking in their glory. Among the winners was Lin Ming-yi, who is only 13 years old. His digital telescope with night vision won him the gold medal.

Around 1,000 inventions were shown at the exhibition, 125 of which came from Taiwan. There were 789 exhibitors from 46 countries in all and 60,000 visitors at the fair, which ran from April 18 to 22. Taiwanese won 45 golds, 52 silvers, 25 bronzes and eight special awards, making it the third year in a row that Taiwan had the most awards of all participating countries and territories.

Lin, currently a seventh grader, has loved observing nature since he was a young child, but he discovered that it was inconvenient to only be able to observe things through the telescope’s eyepiece, and that if you want to take a picture or video of something interesting you have to switch devices, so he decided to make a single multi-functional device.

He combined the functions of telescopes and digital video cameras, and put a lens adapter between the two devices, making it possible to see something far away and record it with video or take a picture at the same time. You can simply use the display screen of the camera to see things, and no longer have to use the eyepiece. Its infrared design allows the device to be used at night as well. Lin was quite surprised to receive a gold medal for his design at the exhibition.

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)


1. observe v.

觀察 (guan1 cha2)

例: The company is sending someone from headquarters to observe our performance and make an evaluation.



2. multi-functional adj.

多功能的 (duo1 gong1 neng2 de5)

例: This remote control is multi-functional. It controls the TV, the lights and the air conditioner.


3. infrared adj.

紅外線的 (hong2 wai4 xian4 de5)

例: The weather satellite has a radiometer that produces infrared images.







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