I still don’t know how 12″ wafers become computer chips. Do they? If not, what are the discs used for? Industrial size computers? TSMC makes 68,000 per month and invests $9 billion US per year in their products. Nothing like this happening in Australia where we just dig holes in the ground and export the former contents. PS Not ‘my’ work, posted by someone else.
Vice President of Taiwan opened the show. Dancers and wireless translation devices for the foreigners. 1000 booths representing 25 countries. Some pictures from the first day.
EXHAUST heat from small petrol motors can be used to…..yes, generated electricity. Heat can’t exceed 200C so it’s not practical for car exhausts. OK for motor scooters – except these will all be battery-powered in the future. Small petrol motors up to one HP are the present target. The insides of how they figured this out are incredible. Metal sponge was one product being incorporated.
Fold-up bike is battery-powered. Not sure how much time a battery lasts. Seems a good idea. (At home in Australia there’s a couple of guys getting around on petrol-motor powered bikes that make a racket. Battery power would fix the noise problem. But are they both regarded as motor vehicles or not)?
RECHARGE your iPhone or similar device while riding a bike. The generator only cuts in to make power when the brake is being applied. A coil picks up the energy from being ‘near to’ but not actually touching the spokes. A small capacitor stores the power.
We’ve been to some of these fine shows in the past. (SEARCH will display pictures). Inventions show was enjoyable, Plastics and Rubber Show was not about wet suit neoprene as I’d hoped, it was more to do with huge machines made in Taiwan. Taiwan International Voltaic Exhibition was solar power panels – very interesting indeed. I’m not familiar with the others listed here. Computer and camera shows attract a huge audience when held earlier in the year. The travel expo was the busiest I’ve attended. The auto show is also huge.
Catch the MRT to Taipei City Hall station then a bus or taxi to the World Trade Centre next door to Taipei 101 building. Admission is usually quickly organized if you have a few business cards, (name cards) with you.
Events are usually promoted in the daily English language newspaper, Taipei Times, a day before the show.
Gravity-fed fresh water tanks are everywhere in Taiwan, especially rooftops. Stainless steel. You’d think they would be cheap enough to import into Australia for a variety of other uses. (Australia does not manufacture stainless steel). Also better than small plastic ranwater tanks for households wishing to catch their own drinking water.
One of these could come with every new camera and computer. The DANGER being that it is an adapter for CHARGERS ONLY. (Used with an appliance could be a disaster for the user). For this reason we probably won’t see them without going to some effort. Converts a 22oV plug to a 110V 2-pin.
On sale downstairs at NOVA in one of the shops – for NT$20 (About 65 cents US/AUS).
Called a VD-9 Made by shyaro.com.tw
This crystal ball – or glass sphere – invented by a clever person of the past, to measure the amount of sunshine outside on any given day.
The was part of a ‘open day’ held by the weather bureau yesterday – the people at http://cwb.gov.tw who track typhoons (cyclones) and report of the many earthquakes as well as all the usual weather reports and solar activity. More about these points later.
This new pizza will be a worry for The Pizza Hut people, less than half price and better tasting.
How does a Turkish hotel manager of a 5-star resort come to live in Taiwan and run a street food stall? Location: nearly opposite Kaohsiung Main Station.
“I met my wife-to-be about nine years ago” says Halit Toprak in his version of the English language.
“I did some trips to Taiwan and she visited me several times in Turkey before we got married over one year ago”.
One food item cooked by Halit is a deep fried dumpling, (San Chow Bow in Chinese). Meat or potato & cheese. NT $40 each.
We met during my last visit to the city a few weeks ago.
It was Halit’s English voice that stood out in the busy crowd as I walked past.
In a city where the number of English words spoken is minimal we both found a common interest, easily
Taiwanese people are helpful and very friendly toward foreigners. Almost every day there is some little high-point that makes life that much better and worthwhile.
In addition, everywhere in the city is something new and interesting happening. if you are able to take time and enjoy. Australians actually live a quiet life.
A regular bit of both cultures would be ideal.
CHINESE HERBAL DRINKS – EASILY OBTAINED
Hot or cold drinks for better health made with Chinese herbs! Some are extracted via an espresso machine, others mixed in a blender. New shop on a prime corner position opposite Kaohsiung Main Station and MRT. Next door to a McDonalds. Will these herbal drink shops increase a higher awareness in looking after ourselves?
Hangover treatment? Flu treatment? Anger, PMT – the list is endless. Now there is a drink to alleviate anything. Nervous re a job interview? -Have a herbal drink.
I’m just guessing that these drinks can be a help in these situations – but it’s a calculated guess based on my limited understandings. It might just be the new thing internationally?
There’s a YouTube video of the crowd outside this shop on opening day and a demo of drinks being made. See below:
DIY aluminium tubes and connections by Green Frame of Japan. Add wheels etc. Tube lengths up to four meters for grow houses (greenhouses). Marine applications possible as are the other almost unlimited possibilities. Build any desired frame. Leggo for big kids? website: sus.co.jp
Swiss-made mini helicopter has twin video cams – one transmits live to receiver eye glasses. Not a toy at US$5000
Most popular new robotic device represented by several companies is a floor sweeper that crawls around by itself, running on a rechargeable battery that lasts one to two hours, depending upon settings selected.
Definitely an executive toy for quality floor surfaces. The US model (made in China) costs US$500
A smarter version made in Taiwan costs less. They have two models US $279 and US $159 – this clever robot sweeper finds it’s own way back to a docking station when recharging is needed. Website: agamazone.com
Video camera that snaps stills of moving car number plates. Another outstanding application is human face recognition for security purposes. Smarter than a human guard? A good back-up anyway. website: acepillar.com.tw