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GENEVA, April 19. /TASS/. Russian inventors have won 21 medals - 13 gold, five silver, and three bronze - at the 43rd International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva.
Gold medals were awarded to the Sarov-based Russian Federal Nuclear Centre, the Ivanovo State Energy University, the Nizhny Novgorod Technical University, and Armocom Centre of High-strength Materials based near Moscow. "Thirteen gold medals is a high mark given to the performance of Russian inventors and researchers," Valery Golov, a member of the international panel of judges and pro-rector of the Ivanovo State Energy University, told TASS on Sunday. "It is especially important now, taking into account the situation around Russia. All the medal-winning projects are geared to substitute for imported products and technologies."
The Ivanovo university was awarded a gold medal for "methods and devices to compensate natural harmonic perturbance of high-precision electro-mechanical systems." Four inventions of the Nizhny Novgorod university were marked with two gold and two silver medals. Gold medals were awarded for a device to study internal waves and a mobile robot chassis.
"We consider this exhibition as very important for image promotion," Maxim Pelykh of the Russian Federal Nuclear Centre, told TASS. "Here, we once again have proved that our technology is of very high quality. The Geneva exhibition of inventions is a multi-format event. While we displayed high technology developments, neighboring show-benches offered a variety of garden pruners and window cleaning brushes. Our highlight was a digital company - we are realizing this project in Russia. It drew much of interest. Practically all of our technologies (there were seven in all) won medals or prizes."
A ‘ballistic helmet,’ developed by Armocom, which provides the highest degree of protection against bullets and shell fragments, was awarded a gold medal of the exhibition. Its reliability was tested at DuPont ’s Geneva laboratory. "We have been contractors of the Russian defence ministry for many years. Our developments and technologies are absolutely unique. So far, we have not been exporting such helmets abroad," Elena Kormakova, Armocom’s deputy director general, told TASS. "DuPont laboratory tests proved that Russian-made fibre is the world’s most high-tenacity. Its advantages are obvious. By the way, it is the lightest helmet in the world with such tactical and technical characteristics."
Along most advanced hi-tech research developments, the exhibition featured original practical inventions and devices useful in everyday life. Thus, among the exhibits there were a dozen of ‘revolutionary’ bicycles, including one model with joysticks attacked to the frame on both sides instead of a traditional handle bar. The grand prix went to an invention by a Hong Kong company, which offered a technology to identify more than a thousand of toxic substances by means of butterfly fish embryos.
In all, the exhibition featured about 1,000 inventions from 48 world nations. Russian research centres and companies displayed 25 advanced developments. Over the five days of its work, the exhibition was visited by about 60,000 quests. The next International Exhibition of Inventions will be held in Geneva on April 13-17, 2016.