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Taiwan wins big at Paris invention fair
巴黎發明展 台拿十一金

Kuo Yu-hsin, right, and Chang Chun-hsiang, second right, two young winners of the Concours Lepine International Paris receive their prize on May 6.
兩位年輕發明人郭宇新(右一)和張鈞翔(右二)本月六日獲頒巴黎雷平發明展金牌獎。

Photo courtesy of Kuai Ji Junior High School
照片:會稽國中提供

Taiwan took 74 medals, including 11 gold, 23 silver and 40 bronze, at the Concours Lepine International that closed on May 6 in Paris. The Concours Lepine International Paris, which has been held since 1901, is one of the world’s most prestigious invention fairs.

Among the country’s medalists were two who were participating for the first time and who also received special mentions from the French organizers. They were Chang Chun-hsiang and Kuo Yu-hsin, both 14-year-old students from Kuai Ji Junior High School in Taoyuan, and were awarded medals for their devices.

Chang’s gold winning device, the “anti-doze alarm detector,” is worn around the user’s neck and makes a warning signal or vibration to keep students or drivers alert when it senses a downward tilt in head movement. According to Chang, the idea was conceived after seeing so many traffic-related accidents in the news due to drunk driving or drivers dozing off behind the wheel.

Kuo’s device of an anti-flood alarm detector, for which he won a bronze medal, can be placed anywhere indoors where flooding could potentially take place, and will emit an alarm when the water gets to a certain level. Kuo said his family’s washing machine is on the top floor, and he came up with the idea when the pipe split, causing the apartment to flood.

(CNA, translated by Lin Lee-kai)

台灣發明家今年組團參加巴黎雷平發明展。雷平發明展五月六日舉行頒獎典禮,台灣一共獲得七十四面獎牌,其中包括十一面金牌、二十三面銀牌、四十面銅牌。雷平發明展自一九○一年開始舉辦,是世界上最具聲望的發明展之一。

此外,發明展特別表揚這次參展團內的兩名十四歲國中二年級學生發明人,分別是郭宇新和張鈞翔,他們都來自桃園市會稽國中,都是首次參賽,且發明的裝置都獲獎。

張鈞翔的「打瞌睡警示器」獲得金牌。在脖子上戴上這個裝置,當頭向下傾斜到一定程度,就會發出信號或震動警示。他說,這項發明的靈感來源是因為常常在電視上看到酒駕或打瞌睡造成車禍。

郭宇新的「防洪警鈴」獲得銅牌,是一種居家型警示器,可裝在室內任何可能淹水的地方,當水面到達一定高度,就會發出警訊。郭宇新說,他家的洗衣機放在頂樓,有次水管破裂,造成住家淹水,讓他想出了這個發明。

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. invention fair n. phr.

發明展

(fa1 ming2 zhan3)

2. device n.

裝置

(zhuang1 zhi4)

3. doze n.

瞌睡

(ke1 shui4)

4. signal n.

信號

(xin4 hao4)

5. vibration n.

震動

(zhen4 dong4)

6. come up with v. phr.

想出

(xiang3 chu1)


(中央社)

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