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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.
陳鵬仁四月十八日在日內瓦國際發明展展示他發明的摺疊自行車。

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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)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. observe v.

觀察 (guan1 cha2)

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

(公司要派人從總部來觀察我們的表現

並做稽核。)

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.

(這個遙控器是多功能的,可以控制電視、燈光與空調。)

3. infrared adj.

紅外線的 (hong2 wai4 xian4 de5)

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

(氣象衛星裝有輻射計,可以產生紅外線畫面。)


東海大學附屬實驗高中學生挑戰瑞士日內瓦國際發明展獲一金二銀一銅成績,學生四月二十六日載譽返校,其中才十三歲的林明毅設計可夜視的數位望遠鏡,榮獲金牌。

今年四月十八日至二十二日舉行發明展上,共有四十六國、七百八十九參賽者有千餘件作品參賽,台灣也有一百廿五件參展,最後抱回八項特別獎、四十五金、五十二銀及廿五銅。今年是台灣拿到最多獎項的第三年。

國一的林明毅從小就愛觀察大自然,但他發現一般望遠鏡只能從目鏡上觀察事物,使用不方便,若是發現有趣的事物要拍照或攝影留念,又要更換器材,決定設計多功能的觀察工具。

林明毅結合望遠鏡及數位攝影機功能,兩個機器間有專用的轉接環,因此可同時望遠又能錄影、拍照,而且不必再透過目鏡觀察,可直接利用攝影機的顯示螢幕就能輕鬆觀看,再加上紅外線設計,夜間也能使用,設計獲大會肯定,頒授金牌,讓林明毅很驚喜。

(自由時報記者蘇孟娟)

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