Student pins study hopes on invention

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 23 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 23 August, 2007, 12:00am

A Form Seven student who failed to win a place at a local university hopes his invention - which detects colour for blind people - will open academic doors for him.

Lo Chi-lok could be regarded as a failure for his unsatisfactory exam results, but as a five-time winner for his Portable Colour Recognition Device he hopes to follow in the footsteps of a previous winner in a major science competition whose inventions secured him a university place.

The young inventor won five prizes in the 22nd National Science and Technology Invention Competition for Youth this summer with the colour recognition device, which has a colour sensor and produces different musical notes when touched by items of different colours.

'The device can help blind people build up the concept of colour. They can choose clothes of the colour they like,' Chi-lok said. He said the device would also enable blind people to draw and have jobs related to art.

He said he had asked some blind people to try his device and they had found it helpful. He hopes to further improve it by making it smaller and more portable.

Chi-lok failed to get into university because of unsatisfactory results in his Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations. He will study electronic engineering next month at the Hong Kong College of Technology but hopes to be admitted to the University of Science and Technology.

'I can get to university later if I study at [HKCT], but I hope to start my university life earlier,' he said. He said he would contact the university directly and try to apply for a place.

The National Science and Technology Invention Competition is open to participants from the mainland, Macau and Hong Kong.

Young inventor Chan Yik-hei had a star named after him and was admitted to HKUST after winning second prize in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2004 for his robot for domestic security.