Rider Nanny, abbreviated as RINA, is an innovative product that combines locomotive rear mirrors with real-time traffic images as well as the big data of traffic conditions. Under the guidance of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education in National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, the students teamed up to develop this innovative product and won the outstanding group award in the industrial design category of C-IDEA Design Award.
The creation of the product is based on some personal experiences of the team members. The students once lost their friend in a car accident. Such experience triggered their consideration of motorcyclists’ safety and motivated them to develop such a product which could protect the lives of motorbike riders.
RINA is a detachable recording rearview mirror display device which can record videos of real-time road conditions and the collected data would be transmitted to its application on the user’s smart phone device. Moreover, when the motorbike turns over, RINA would automatically contact the emergency hotline within a set time. With RINA, the students participated in the C-IDEA Design Award. Among the 1,783 works from all over the world, they finally won the Excellent Team Award with their innovation.
As the world is still fighting with the danger of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, Taiwan is one of the very few countries around the world that have kept the virus under control. In the face of the COVID-19 crisis, National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (hereafter abbreviated as NKUST) has been impacted by the outbreak of the disease as other universities worldwide. But, in the first semester of 2020, the classes were held on campus and there was the usual vibrant mixture of local and international students in NKUST.
Taiwan is just a short flight away from Mainland China, where COVID-19 is believed to have originated in the city of Wuhan. Therefore, as the outbreak took hold in January, Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center reacted quickly and started to roll out a series of pandemic control measures. And so did NKUST. Although most NKUST faculty members and staffs were still on Lunar New Year vacation, a university-wide Pandemic Prevention Response Team was set up immediately to coordinate measures.
Taiwan has earned outstanding achievements in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and opened up its international exposure for the past few months. Taiwan’s success laid a foundation for NKUST to become a model in epidemic control in the online seminar held by the Global Wind Organisation (GWO) this year. When the other GWO partner institutions have shut down their training programs and suspended the business of issuing certifications due to the global lockdown after the outbreak of the COVID-19, NKUST is the only institute that functioned normally during this crisis. It was, therefore, invited to share its campus-wide pandemic control strategy in the GWO’s webinar in May. The president, Dr. Ching-Yu Yang, announced that NKUST would be very willing to share its online tracking system and relevant open-source code with the GWO members and its oversea partner schools, in the hope to contribute to epidemic control.
Our faculty members have been using their expertise and skills to fight against the spread of the virus during this unprecedented situation. There is no doubt that their selfless devotion is what we should be very proud of. As coronavirus continues to have devastating effects on the whole world, the students, staff members, alumni, and cooperative partners that make up our NKUST family all have the responsibility to keep giving back to our society and supporting anyone who needs helps.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of Kaohsiung City, which has been renamed from Takao to Kaohsiung. The original name of Kaohsiung is Takau, meaning ‘bamboo forest’ in Austronesian. The name Takau was kept during Taiwan's cession to the Japanese Empire in 1895.
However, in 1920, the name Takau was changed to Takao (高雄 in Japanese kanji) by the Government of Taiwan. While the new name (Takao) had quite a different semantic meaning from the old name (Takau), the new name in Japanese sounds similar to the old name pronounced in Hokkien.
Kaohsiung City Government will be holding several activities to celebrate its 100th anniversary. One of the activities is the tour of visiting the classic historical architectures. People can register in the Fongshan (鳳山) and Dashu (大樹) architecture walking tour on July 4th and 5th to deeply indulge themselves in the old towns. On July 18th and 19th, you can participate in Asia’s New Bay Area architecture walking tour to experience the modern facet of the city. You may also explore Kaohsiung Main Public Library, Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, Pier-2 Art Center, etc. From the ancient temples to the modern skyscrapers, Kaohsiung offers more attractions than what you may expect.
If you are interested in any of the activities, please visit Kaohsiung Bureau of Cultural Affairs website for more detailed information.