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Inventor bags five golds in London

LEADING LIGHT:One of Cai Yen-hsin’s award-winning inventions is a pacifier equipped with LED lights that are triggered if a baby’s temperature rises above 39°C

By Wu Po-hsuan and Jonathan Chin  /  Staff reporter, with staff writer

A baby doll is used to display a pacifier thermometer created by Taiwanese inventor Cai Yen-hsin of Chengshih University of Science and Technology’s electronic engineering department in a photo provided by the university.

Photo courtesy of the Chengshih University of Science and Technology

Taiwanese inventor and university professor Cai Yen-hsin (蔡彥欣) won a total of five gold medals at the British Invention Show (BIS) which concluded in London on Saturday, with his pacifier thermometer also receiving a double-gold award, and a water purifier machine receiving a platinum award.

Cai is an assistant professor at Taipei’s Chengshih University of Science and Technology’s electronic engineering department.

The negative hydrogen ion water purifier Cai designed was awarded one gold and one platinum award by the BIS jury.

Manufactured by Mega Sun Biomedical Corp, the water purifier uses a dozen filter cores to remove heavy metals and toxins, and produces purified water with a redox potential of minus-700, compared with between minus-200 and minus-300 achieved by other water purifiers on the market, Cai said, adding that ionized water is an antioxidant that counters cellular aging.

Cai’s purifier is available for about NT$50,000, and its filter cores can process 1,500 liters of water before needing replacement, which means a liter of water costs just a few New Taiwan dollars to purify, with the negative electric charge, oxygen and trace elements produced by the machine ensuring the water is pollutant-free, he said.

Another of Cai’s inventions that won two medals at the show is the baby pacifier equipped with a thermometer, which he calls the “Happy Baby’s Magical Pacifier.”

If a baby’s temperature surpasses 39°C, the thermometer triggers LED lights alerting the parents, Cai said.

The pacifier can also play soft music to help a baby get to sleep, Cai said.

Three other inventions Cai submitted to the show that won gold medals were a multifunction motorcycle helmet, an emergency-escape indicator light, and a nanotechnology water-and-corrosion-resistant membrane.

Cai said that he would like to work with medical researchers to improve patient health by providing better-quality drinking water.

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