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Taiwan university shines in German iF design contest; 5 entrees in top 100

TAIPEI -- National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST) has emerged as the top winner in the iF Concept Design Award 2014, 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 mobile application software created by Liya Li to help people with color blindness.

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

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

Other winners included “Light of Happiness,” a desk lamp that can function as a speaker, clock and smart phone 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 in the competition, 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 won a 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 thermoelectric generating module technology; and “Golden Proportion Health,” a food dish designed with precise volumes and proportions for different kinds of food for children.

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