28 Mar '11, 4am

Life-saving kits in demand after Japan quake

Life-saving kits in demand after Japan quake

TAIWAN: Japan's devastating quake has made people in Taiwan realise the same could happen to them. Their fear has sparked growing demand for gadgets like the solar energy pack that could be life savers should disaster strike. The solar energy pack, which acts as a portable charger for mobile phones, is in hot demand even before it hits the market. It is designed by Taiwan Textile Research Institute. Chen Po Chou, energy textile engineer at Taiwan Textile Research Institute, said: "It'll be fully charged after you put it under the sun for six to seven hours. After that, it can charge up to one to two cellphones." The device was tested in the aftermath of Typhoon Morakot in Taiwan in 2009. Rescuers found it to be effective in emergency situations. Like Japan, Taiwan also experiences frequent and sometimes devastating earthquakes. And demand for inventions like the solar ener...

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