Taiwan won six gold, 11 silver and 36 bronze medals at the Concours Lepine invention fair in Paris on Monday.
The Taiwanese inventions that won gold included a drug dosage safety system designed by Yeh Ming-li (葉明莉), an associate professor at the Oriental Institute of Technology’s nursing department; an emergency table light by Asia University Taiwan student Lin Li-wei (林立韋); and a portable LED reading lamp designed by a Taiwanese company, Shih Shu Wen Hua.
Other gold winners were Chen Chien-an (陳建安) for his oxygen water dispenser, while Huang Hisen-chung (黃顯忠) won for his multifunctional cushion.
Inventor Ou Chih-ming (歐志明), who won a gold medal at last year’s show, took another gold this year with his removable keyboard for tablet computers. Ou’s keyboard can be attached to tablet PC touch screens for use by the visually impaired and those who prefer typing on a regular-sized keyboard.
The Paris fair presents good opportunities for inventors to reach European markets, Ou said.
For instance, he said, he received 20,000 orders from a French dealer for his detachable keyboard.
Taiwanese inventions have the advantage of being practical and many of them have been commercialized, said Hsu Yi-chuan (徐義權), an associate professor at National United University’s department of industrial design and head of the Taiwanese delegation.
Since Taiwan began participating in the fair in 2009, its submissions have been increasing annually, Hsu said.
Taiwan submitted 64 inventions this year, compared with 43 last year, he said.