TAIPEI, Taiwan - Last year, local paraplegic inventor Hong Cheng-chin took home a gold medal for his invention, the "Sherpa Electric Power Trike for Wheelchair" at the Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions.
According to a report by the Central News Agency, Hong spent a lot of time on his invention; from getting the idea, to gaining recognition for his work and then making the trike a business for himself.
Hong's invention itself is the front of a trike, which can be easily assembled and dissembled for use with a wheelchair.
The head itself weights 11 kilograms, and is reportedly suitable to be attached on all brands of wheelchairs. Hong's trike head can now be found on sale around the world.
The product provides convenience for those who need the assistance of wheelchairs, as it helps them move around without having to worry about obstacles such as slopes and the need to go in reverse.
According to sources, Hong incorporated the aid of computer design and engineering software with the recent advancement in 3D printing to design and construct his product.
In hopes of using Hong as an inspirational example to others, the Development Center for the Spinal Cord Injured (DCSCI) asked the inventor to lead a seminar recently, using computer-aided design software that was donated to the organisation.
The inventor demonstrated his creative process during the seminar, and encouraged others to continue learning and to develop technical skills to utilize creativity and to return to work.
CEO of the DCSCI Lin Chin Hsing told local press that the centre has been providing paraplegic patients with career rebuilding training services through learning about new ways to adopt technology.
The centre has helped close to 1,000 individuals to return to work, Lin said, with the potential of 3D printing currently serving as the most popular subject of interest within the organisation.