Nuremberg, Oct. 29 (CNA) Taiwan bagged more than 80 medals Saturday at the 63rd iENA Nuremberg in Germany, a leading global invention trade show at which 750 inventions were on display.
The Taiwanese delegation, comprised of students, research institutes, private firms and inventors, won 26 gold, 45 silver and 11 bronze medals and an honorary prize.
The inventions by the Taiwanese contestants included innovative, environmentally friendly and energy-saving ideas, said Kao Fa-yu, founder and former president of the Taiwan Prominent Inventors Association.
Chemical engineering inventions and home electronic appliances designed by Taiwanese entrants also won awards for their innovation and feasibility, Kao said.
Taiwan's youngest award winners were seventh grader Kao Hsuan-chieh and eighth grader Chen Chih-ren from Keelung's Erh Shing Private High School.
They invented a glass for visually-impaired people that automatically measures a liquid's level to prevent overflow. When the liquid in the glass reaches a default level, the glass beeps to warn the user.
Chen said the invention was inspired by concerns that his uncle, who is visually-impaired, could burn himself when trying to fill a glass with hot water, the United Evening News reported.
The honorary prize went to a device that can detect short circuits in an electrical circuit designed by the Instrument Technology Research Center of the National Applied Research Laboratories. (By Lillian Lin and Kendra Lin) enditem/ls