Taiwanese delegation second-biggest winner at Moscow-based fair


TAIPEI — Taiwan’s medal haul at an invention fair in Moscow that ended on Sunday was second only to that of the host nation, the secretary-general of the Taipei-based Chinese Innovation and Invention Society said Monday.

Wu Chih-yao, who led Taiwan’s delegation to the annual International Salon of Inventions and Innovation Technologies ��Archimedes,�� said Taiwanese inventors submitted 108 works and won 41 gold, 31 silver and 12 bronze medals and five special prizes.

Taiwan ranked second behind Russia among the 17 participating countries at the show, which had a total of 700 inventions on display during its four-day run from April 2 to 5, Wu said.

Among Taiwan’s gold-winning inventions was a contactless smart elevator control system developed by the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chung Hua University.

The system enables passengers to control a hospital elevator, for example, with gestures to reduce the likelihood that they catch an infection by touching buttons on the control panel.

Taiwan also ranked second to Russia last year among 18 countries that took part in the world’s biggest invention fair, winning 44 gold, 47 silver and 17 bronze medals and eight special prizes.