Unveiling new gadgets
Themed "New Era, Shared Future", the third China International Import Expo (CIIE) was held from Nov 5 to 10 in Shanghai. More than 2,600 enterprises gathered and presented their advanced products. And many innovative products have made their world premiere. Let's have a look at three of them.
Quick coronavirus test machine
Nucleic acid testing could be faster in the future. KingFisher Apex, made by the Finnish tech company Thermo Fisher Scientific, can complete the extraction of 96 nucleic acid samples in just 15 minutes.
The tester can purify nucleic acid and protein automatically to save researchers time spent on additional steps, significantly improving nucleic acid test efficiency.
Also, the system eliminates manual intervention. The risk of exposure to harmful re-agents or biological samples, such as blood, is greatly reduced for medical staff.
Myopic prevention glasses
Here comes a lifesaver for teenagers with poor eyesight – a myopic control lens. Whether it's a classroom blackboard or a tablet, an outdoor activity or a mobile phone game, the lens from Essilor, a French company, keeps the same control effect, with changeable viewing angles and constant visual clarity.
The lens can create a beam in front of the retina that will slow down the increase of the eye axis. Therefore, the development of myopia can be contained.
"After more than two years of clinical research, the results show that the Stellest lens has an obvious effect on slowing down myopia progression in children," said Lv Fan, a professor at Eye Optical Hospital Affiliated to Wenzhou Medical University.
A folding, portable, 18-kilogram "backpack" can be inflated into a kayak. The safe, lightweight ITIWIT X500 Kayak makes kayak racing, an extreme sport, accessible to the majority.
It consists of five "air chambers", so even if two of them don't work, the inflatable kayak will help passengers safely return to land.
This product, made by Decathlon, a French sports goods group, is currently the world's "hardest" inflatable kayak. To solve long-standing problems in the kayak industry – from lack of durability to overall insufficient performance – the company applied a special metal processing technology to its product. The ITIWIT X500 Kayak's V-shaped bottom makes this product long-lasting and tough.