Taiwan wins four medals at Brussels invention fair

Staff writer, with CNA, BRUSSELS

Mon, Nov 19, 2012 - Page 3

Taiwan had a successful debut at the 61st Brussels Innova, a world invention exhibition that concluded on Saturday, with all four Taiwanese inventions on display winning medals.

The Taiwanese inventions took home a gold, three silvers and a special prize that was the event’s highest honor.

A LED light bulb powered by solar power received the special prize and a silver medal for its portability and energy efficiency.

Developed by Liu Yi-chuan (劉益全), who works for Shenzhen Yuchuang Electronic Technology in China, the bulb lasts four hours without batteries after being fully charged and consumes only six watts of electricity.

The gold-winning invention was a teacup with a curved brim on which the threads of teabags can be hooked. The cup also dries more easily, said its inventor Lin Li-wei (林立偉), an Asia University commercial design student.

The other two inventions that won silver medals were a rubber band hand grip used for exercise and a solar magnetic levitation motor and generator that helps reduce machine energy consumption.

The organizer said the Brussels fair will open a Taiwan pavilion next year to showcase Taiwanese creations.

The Brussels city government also presented the Taiwanese delegation with a medal in recognition of their outstanding debut performance.

On the event’s opening day on Thursday, Taiwan was originally referred to as the People’s Republic of China on the exhibition’s official Web site, said Lin Chung-hsing (林中興), head of the Taiwan Prominent Innovator Association.

Taiwan’s representative office to the EU and Belgium pointed out the mistake and the name was corrected to “Taiwan” within an hour, Lin said.

About 600 inventions from 21 nations competed at the fair.