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Visionary students scope route to design successes

EYE SPY ACCOLADES:A mobile device app to ease color blindness and a sunscreen timer were among winning entries in a prestigious German design contest

Staff writer, with CNA

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) has emerged as the top winner in this year’s iF Concept Design Awards, with five of its entries listed among the “Best 100,” the university said yesterday.

NTUST ranked first in the prestigious German design competition for the fourth consecutive year.

Among the five winning designs was “ColorMe,” a piece of mobile device software created by Liya Lee (李亞芝) to help people who have color blindness.

Lee, a graduate student in industrial and commercial design, said people who have color blindness can encounter many problems in their daily lives, such as misunderstanding colored maps and being unable to distinguish the color of their clothes.

“The software processes images captured with smartphones and translates them into words to help people distinguish colors independently,” she said.

Other winners included “Light of Happiness,” a desk lamp that can function as a speaker, clock and smartphone charger; and “Slip Panel Switch,” a switch on a joystick.

The other two were “Holed Beach Slippers” that keep sand from being trapped under people’s feet and improve the comfort of walking on a beach; and “Shadow Stage,” a toy that allows children to project images onto walls.

Also participating, National Taipei University of Technology (NTUT) won an award this year for “Sun Stamp,” a photochromic stamp enabling people to know when to reapply sunscreen.

Two other projects by NTUT students won the Haier Special Prize, which is open to entries related to the theme of “Wonderful Home Life.”

They were “Thawer,” a defrosting and cutting board combined with a thermoelectric heating module; and “Golden Proportion Health,” a food dish designed with precise volumes and proportions for different kinds of food for children.

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