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Design student creates appealing fruit-shaped flytraps
大學生玩設計  西瓜造型捕蠅紙飄香

Lin Kuan-wen, an industrial design major at National Taipei University of Technology, poses with fruit-shaped flytraps she designed at the university’s graduating class exhibition held in Taipei on May 8.
國立台北科技大學工業設計系學生林冠芠五月八日在學校的設計畢業展與其設計的水果造型捕蠅紙留影。

Photo: Chang Chia-ming, Liberty Times
照片:自由時報記者張嘉明

Flies are often deemed a necessary nuisance when patronizing snack shops, but the paper flytraps that are used to catch the pests also can be a source of nausea. During National Taipei University of Technology’s exhibition showcasing its graduating class that was held on May 8, the work of one student — “The Last Supper” — was particularly riveting. Lin Kuan-wen, an industrial design major, has come up with various fruit-shaped designs for paper flytraps, including watermelon and papaya-shaped traps. From a distance the traps actually look like sumptuous fruit, and what appears to be fruit seeds are actually flies that have been caught and stuck to the traps.

Hailing from Changhua County, her family has run a small eatery there since she was a child, and according to Lin, the shop often attracted copious amounts of flies. However, her mother always felt that any of the flytraps sold on the market were visually unattractive and could potentially cause customers to lose their appetite if they saw a trap filled with trapped flies.

Feeling suddenly inspired, Lin came up with the design for her the fruit-shaped flytraps. “The Last Supper” flytraps appear to be delicious fruit while the trapped flies look like fruit seeds.

Like a piece of paper that emits the sweet fragrance of fruit, whether it be watermelon, dragon fruit or papaya, all you have to do is open the seal, apply the sticky substance and place it in a restaurant. The new invention has attracted a lot of attention, including interested manufacturers. With a smile on her face, Lin says that flytrap manufacturers are quite intrigued and have already contacted her about collaborating. She is also planning to add fruit essence to the traps so they give off the sweet smell of fruit and catch flies more effectively.

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. riveting adj.

極有吸引力的 (ji2 you3 xi1 yin3 li4 de5)

例: The physics professor gave a riveting explanation of subatomic particles.

(物理教授講授次原子粒子的說明極有吸引力。)

2. copious adj.

豐富的;多量的 (feng1 fu4 de5; duo1 liang4 de5)

例: She passed out after drinking copious amounts of wine.

(她喝很多紅酒後,直接昏過去了。)

3. effectively adv.

有效地 (you3 xiao4 de5)

例: The president was forced to resign because he was unable to effectively run the company.

(經營無效,董事長不得不辭職。)


(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)

小吃店難免招惹蒼蠅,但捕蠅紙總讓人噁心!台北科技大學五月八日舉辦設計畢業展,工業設計系林冠芠的「最後的饗宴」特別吸睛,她設計出西瓜、木瓜等水果造型捕蠅紙,遠看就像個甜美的水果,上頭還有點點水果籽,近看才發現,哇!水果籽竟是一隻隻被粘住的蒼蠅!

林冠芠從小在彰化長大,家中的小吃店難免招惹蒼蠅,母親以市面常見捕蠅紙捕蠅,視覺上並不美觀,黏滿蒼蠅的捕蠅紙也可能讓客人覺得噁心。

她靈機一動,設計出水果造型的捕蠅紙,「最後的饗宴」外觀就像漂亮水果,被黏住的蒼蠅則成了水果籽。

不管西瓜、火龍果、木瓜等,只要撕開黏膠擺放在餐廳,就像是散發水果香的卡片,相當引人注目,也吸引廠商注意。林冠芠笑說,捕蠅紙業者相當有興趣,已有業者洽詢合作可能,她也打算在水果捕蠅紙上加入水果果素,讓捕蠅紙可發出水果香味,更能有效地捕蠅。

(自由時報記者陳怡靜)

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