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Taiwan research institutes win six U.S. 2016 R&D 100 awards
Publish Date: 2016/11/06
Update Date: 2016/11/06
Taipei, Nov. 5 (CNA) Two of the leading technology research institutions in Taiwan received six 2016 R&D 100 awards in a ceremony held on Wednesday in Maryland, the United States, with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) receiving five and the Institute for Information Industry (III) one.

ITRI's technologies were selected as winners for innovation in the IT/Electrical, Mechanical Devices/Materials and Software/Services categories, while the III's "Smart Glasses Guidance System," was recognized in the Software/Services category.

ITRI developed the following award-winning technologies:

The iSmartweaR jointly developed by ITRI and Taiwan's ECLAT Textile Corporation, transforms ordinary fabrics into smart wearables. It integrates nanosecond pulse near-field sensing technology (NPNS), with washable conductive fabrics that enable textile products to track a wearer's vital signs without bodily contact.

NPNS features miniature low-power radar utilizing Bluetooth to connect to ICT systems. Its advantages are compact size, high sensitivity, selectivity and high reliability, low price, low energy consumption and penetrability, according to a statement issued by ITRI.

Long-Distance Floating Multi-Screen Head-up Display (HUD) technology. This makes driving safer by projecting driving information directly into the driver's field of vision at a distance of two meters (2.18 yards) behind the windshield, allowing the driver to stay focused on the road and avoid fatigue or risks caused by constantly shifting attention between the road and dashboard or windshield.

HUD employs an innovative virtual-optics imaging methodology (VOIM) to project virtual images and butterfly beamsplitter technology to produce three adjacent individual displays.

Wearable Walking Assistive Exoskeleton Robot (2WA-EXO). This is a unique walking assistive exoskeleton robot that allows people with lower extremity paralysis to independently move from a wheelchair to an exoskeleton.

It also provides intuitive control of walking and stopping with high-precision absolute posture detection and has the most natural gait of any exoskeleton in the world.

The Ultrafast Rechargeable Aluminum Battery (URABat). This is the first commercially viable aluminum battery. Developed in collaboration with Stanford University, URABat can be fully charged in just one minute for more than 10,000 cycles, while maintaining an exceptional coulombic efficiency (CE) of 98 percent throughout its life.

The battery is made of highly stable graphite and aluminum materials and does not combust when damaged.

SpeedPro, a software suite improves the safety and productivity of machining operations through machining process simulation and optimization of tool paths.

SpeedPro can process programs on machine tools prior to actual machining to geometrically simulate material removal and update part geometry. It evaluates machining performance and displays cutter and machine tool spindle loadings. Moreover, it also optimizes process feed rates and takes corrective actions that eliminate machining failures, reduce scrap parts and increase the speed of conservative programs to lower cycle times.

With regard to III's Smart Glasses Guidance System, Ted Lin, a section chief with III, said that the guidance system for smart glasses could be of great help to museums and the cultural and creative industry.

For example, users of the smart glasses in a museum, would receive a guided tour from their own perspective, effectively having an automatic guide for whatever they view, Lin said, adding that users would not even have to press a button, making it extremely easy to access information on any object of interest.

Organized by R&D Magazine, the R&D 100 Awards are often referred to as the "Oscars of Invention." (Courtesy of CNA)
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