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    03 Nov 2018
    VTC showcases innovative technological projects in InnoCarnival 2018 to promote smart city development

    The Vocational Training Council (VTC) is showcasing various innovative technological projects undertaken by students and teachers of its member institutions at InnoCarnival 2018, which opened today (3 November). Works from VTC member institutions, including the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEi) and the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE), demonstrate how young people put their learning to practice and blend innovative technologies with everyday lives.

    Organised by the Innovation and Technology Commission, InnoCarnival 2018 this year takes the theme of “Innovate for a Smart Future”, where VTC presents nine projects marrying creativity, technologies and design. Officiating guest of the opening ceremony HKSAR Financial Secretary Paul CHAN toured the exhibition hall to admire the creative works of young people.

    VTC’s projects include the “Hand Hygiene Enhancer” developed by IVE graduates of Higher Diploma in Health Studies. The Enhancer is a smart faucet with a voice system that reads out the seven steps of hand washing. An LED light at the tap will remind the users about the time required for each step. The smart fixture can be installed in kindergartens, clinics and healthcare training organisations to promote proper hand washing steps to prevent people from contracting and spreading communicable diseases.

    Another project “Fall Prevention Exercises Game” developed by students and teachers of IVE Applied Science Discipline assists the elderly to strengthen the lower limbs and achieve balance in postures by means of Kinect and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies. Members of the public can try it out at the VTC Booth.

    The “Traffic Flow Monitoring System” proposes innovative solutions to help ease traffic congestion in Hong Kong. Developed by IVE graduates of Higher Diploma in Software Engineering, the system collects real-time information on vehicle speed across different roads in Hong Kong. It will provide a platform for related government departments to input information on traffic accidents and congestions. Information on traffic conditions of different districts can then be distributed to people through a mobile app. In addition, the built-in “Smart Traffic Lights” function adjusts the presentation modes and length of time in response to road conditions in a bid to help ease the problem of congested traffic. A model on traffic flow has been created to present to visitors the concept behind the system.

    Another showpiece, the “Mobile Claw Crane Game”, was designed by THEi graduate of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Multimedia Technology and Innovation. After downloading a mobile app, players can use the smartphone and the built-in Accelerometer Sensor and Gyroscope to activate data transmission through Bluetooth technology. The robotic arm in around ten metres can then be controlled to grasp the target dolls. The technology can be applied to smart homes where household appliances can be monitored remotely. The public are welcome to experience in person the fun of gripping a doll.

    There are some teacher-student collaborated projects: the “Sleeping Monitor” is tailored for insomniacs, the “Eyes of Aliens” enables users to learn Chinese while playing an educational VR game, the “Battery Pack for Solar EV – SOPHIE VI”, the refreshing and green “Femininity of Bamboo” womenswear fashion and the “VR Arcade Game”.

    InnoCarnival 2018 is held from today (3 November) to 11 November (Sunday) at Hong Kong Science Park. Members of the public are welcome to visit the Carnival and experience how innovative technologies bring about convenience and joy to everyday lives. At the Carnival, VTC representatives will give three talks, namely “Smart Home and Smart Living in Hong Kong”, “The Experience of Smart Government in Estonia” and “IT – What We Misunderstand”. Visitors can also try the interactive devices, under the guidance of IVE Lecturers of the Applied Science Discipline, at the “DNA Profiling and Healthy Lifestyle" workshop where visitors will learn about the structure of DNA, functions of gene and its close relationship to human health so as to better understand biotechnology.

    Established in 1982, the Vocational Training Council(VTC)is the largest vocational and professional education and training provider in Hong Kong. The mission of VTC is to provide a valued choice to school leavers and working people to acquire the values, knowledge and skills for lifelong learning and enhanced employability, and also to provide support to industries for their manpower development. VTC has 13 member institutions, namely the Technological and Higher Education Institute of Hong Kong (THEithe Institute of Professional Education And Knowledge (PEAK) the School for Higher and Professional Education (SHAPE)the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVEthe Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) , Hotel and Tourism Institute (HTI) , Chinese Cuisine Institute (CCI) , International Culinary Institute (ICI) , Maritime Services Training Institute (MSTI) Youth College , Pro-Act by VTC Integrated Vocational Development Centre (IVDC) and Shine Skills Centre.

    Website: www.vtc.edu.hk

    Media Enquiries: 2836 1046 / 2836 1869

    (From second left) VTC Deputy Chairman Professor Eric YIM, Council member Gary YEUNG, Academic Director of IT Discipline Dr Joseph LEUNG and Acting Deputy Executive Director Edmond YU, visit the VTC Booth displaying the “Traffic Flow Monitoring System”
    (From second left) VTC Deputy Executive Director Josephine KEA and Acting Deputy Executive Director Edmond YU visit the VTC Booth, showcasing, among others, the “Sleeping Monitor”
    VTC Booth is designed to showcase innovative technologies. The “Hand Hygiene Enhancer” is presented here
    Visitors play the “Mobile Claw Crane Game”, using the smartphone and built-in sensors to remote control the robotic arm within the crane
    The “Battery Pack for Solar EV – SOPHIE VI” developed by IVE Engineering Discipline teachers and students enhances the performance of the solar car
    InnoCarnival 2018 runs from today to 11 November at Hong Kong Science Park. Members of the public are welcome to experience in person the conveniences made possible by technologies