Local inventor wins 3 prestigious awards

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Local inventor Stuart Saunders was awarded Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for his inventions at Thailand Inventors Day, 2014.

Associate Professor Kosum Chansiri of Department of Biochemistry, Srinakarinwirot University, Bangkok (also a UNSW graduate) she presented the medals to him on June 25.

Stuart won the Bronze Medal for his alternative transport plan for Pattaya, called Pattaya Bypass, which will effectively move Bangkok 10 minutes closer to Sattahip. Extending an existing road to become a bypass and widening it, it will have double the capacity of the main Sukhumvit Rd, and eliminate 7 traffic lights. Plans can be seen at www.pattayaprogress.org.

Stuart is presented with the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for his inventions by Associate Professor Kosum Chansiri, of the Department of Biochemistry, Srinakarinwirot University.Stuart is presented with the Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals for his inventions by Associate Professor Kosum Chansiri, of the Department of Biochemistry, Srinakarinwirot University.

His Silver Medal was for FlossFirst Credit Card Dental Floss, a dental floss pack with the regular length of floss of 50 M in a pack the size of a credit card, and only 4mm thick. Indications are that good oral hygiene could give up to an extra 10 years healthy life, as so many diseases are now being found to originate in the mouth; for instance, poor oral hygiene has been implicated in an 11 fold increase in the risk of breast cancer. FlossFirst facilitates good oral care, especially when traveling, and also doubles as a great promo item, popular with dentists, hospitals and hotels.

The current situation on Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya.The current situation on Sukhumvit Road in Pattaya.

Stuart’s Gold Medal was for the KhaoLarmAtorium, a cooker for Khao Larm (a traditional Thai desert of rice, red beans, coconut milk and sugar, cooked inside bamboo), which reduces the CO2 emission of the cooking process by a (presumed) world record 99%; less than 2kg of gas, vs 250kg of coconut husk. With just a few friends using the device, Stuart said he is carbon negative to the order of 10 tonnes per month.

At the World Metro Summit in Shanghai last September, Stuart won the Engineering Excellence Award for his design of the proposed ‘YangMingShan MRT Line’ for Taipei, Taiwan; http://vimeo.com/11785326.

Inventing since the age of 11, with a stereo crystal set, Stuarts ‘career’ began with Queensland ‘Inventor of the Year’ for 1982. “My best inventions are mechanical; differentials, drivelines and 4WD systems; unfortunately, with the current patent system, they will never see light of day,” said Stuart.

Stuart’s design for a Pattaya Bypass won a Bronze Medal. The design would eliminate 7 traffic lights between Sattahip and Bangkok, and would provide and extra 200% of the capacity of Sukhumvit Rd, important considering the disruption anticipated due the tunnel construction. There are strategic and safety advantages to building the Bypass, and it will help develop the access starved Eastern Suburbs of Pattaya. Additionally, it will save time, fuel and lives, Stuart said.Stuart’s design for a Pattaya Bypass won a Bronze Medal. The design would eliminate 7 traffic lights between Sattahip and Bangkok, and would provide and extra 200% of the capacity of Sukhumvit Rd, important considering the disruption anticipated due the tunnel construction. There are strategic and safety advantages to building the Bypass, and it will help develop the access starved Eastern Suburbs of Pattaya. Additionally, it will save time, fuel and lives, Stuart said.