Professionals, students show off innovative products at Shanghai event

The 2017 National Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week was held in Shanghai.
Ti Gong

Ahead of the Pujiang Innovation Forum, Shanghai hosted the 2017 National Mass Innovation and Entrepreneurship Week, which ended on Thursday.

It's the first time that Shanghai became the main venue for the event as the city has six national demonstration zones for mass entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Last year it was in Shenzhen and in 2015 it's in Beijing.

At the weeklong event, the country’s best startup teams, scientific institutes, universities and even traditional state-owned companies brought their innovative projects to the event to give a glimpse of future technology.

More than 150 innovative projects, including a record-breaking underwater glider and a learning application that teaches English with artificial intelligence, were showcased at Changyang Campus, a local industrial park.

Besides the professionals, the city’s young students also presented their innovative works. The Shanghai Education Commission displayed several inventions made by local students.

Wang Yilin, a student from Yangpu Senior High School, displayed a device that gives out an alarm when children are left alone in the car. Wang said he was inspired after reading several stories in the media about children dying after careless parents locked them in the car.

He uses pyroelectric infrared sensor that detects babies in cars and alerts drivers via mobile phones.

The device also measures temperature, humidity and concentrations of carbon dioxide in the car and warns of possible fatigue while driving and auto ignition. The device has since been patented in China.

Another group of students showed their application about sharing parking spaces and signed a contract with a local company for its use.

At the NeoBay incubator in Minhang District, students from Shanghai Jiao Tong University showed their inventions about artificial intelligence.

These included a robot that could help patients recovering finger injuries, trolley carrying goods and following old people back home, and a cart that could clean the books in libraries.

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