HKBU teams win nine top awards at International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 浸大日內瓦國際發明展奪九項大獎
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A delegation from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) won a total of nine top prizes, including two Gold Medals with Distinction, two Gold medals, three Special Awards, and two Grand Prizes, at the 45th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva held in Switzerland from 29 March to 2 April 2017.
This is the second year HKBU participated in this prestigious international event. For two years running, HKBU is the only institution in Hong Kong that all the projects it submitted won gold medals.
The “Fatigue Driving Detection and Alarm System” invented by Professor Cheung Yiu-ming uses detection and tracking technology to analyse a driver’s facial expression and head pose captured by the real-time video on a smartphone. An alarm is automatically set off to alert the driver when symptoms of drowsiness manifest themselves.
The “Lanthanide Toolbox” invented by Dr Gary Wong is a new medical imaging reagent that can detect Joubert syndrome and other genetic disorders that come under an emerging class of disorders called Ciliopathies. This new direct primary cilium marker is able to provide a test result in a mere six hours at a fraction of the cost of the current technology through a simpler process in an environment closer to normal conditions and can achieve 100% accuracy.
The “Portable Gait Analyser Functional Flow Chart” invented by Professor Jeffrey Cheung assesses the way people walk and highlights their biomechanical abnormalities. It can also be used in sports biomechanics to help athletes run more efficiently and to identify posture-related or movement-related problems for people with injuries. This new method puts a single sensor behind a testee’s waist and requires him/her to walk 20 steps. Compared with the traditional method that uses up to 15 cameras to take hundreds of pictures, this new invention is simpler, faster and cheaper.
The “Portable Balance Scale”, also invented by Professor Jeffrey Cheung, measures people’s balance index to reduce the risk of falling over. By analysing the body’s moving amplitude when it tries to maintain balance on an unstable platform, the specific index value can then be measured. The greater the amplitude, the higher the index, with a high index indicating poor balance capability. The whole measurement process is as simple as stepping on a scale.
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