The Institution launched the HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members in 2008 with the generous support of the family of the late Ir Kenneth Au-yeung. The aim of the award is to encourage young members to develop their creativity through the innovative application of engineering knowledge, and to inspire them to develop their intellectual and career interests in engineering. Entrants can focus on any areas of engineering disciplines within the context of the HKIE. There are two main categories: Category I - An Invention; and Category II – An Innovative Application of Engineering Theories. The innovativeness of the Design will be assessed on its originality and creativity.
Category I - An Invention
The winners of this year in this category, Mr Cheng Cheuk Tak, Mr Choi Yiu Fai, Miss Kwok Sin Ming and Mr Leung Cheuk Fung received their award for their invention of “TapMyDish: A Mobile App to Make the Experience of Dining-out Joyful Again for the Visually Impaired”.
To help more than 170,000 visually impaired persons (VIPs) in Hong Kong read restaurant menus, a team consisting of four young information and biomedical engineers from the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department has developed TapMyDish, an innovative mobile app that allows VIPs to use their smartphones to read out the restaurant menus on-demand.
Usually, VIPs have to rely on the assistance of waiters or their sighted companions to read out menus for them. Although some restaurants provide Braille menus for VIPs, reading a Braille menu is still time-consuming and inconvenient. TapMyDish is built on the accessibility features of smartphones using the iOS platform, the mobile platform most commonly used by VIPs. An online content management system developed together with this mobile app allows restaurant owners to update their menus.
The four engineers have worked as Hong Kong Blind Union volunteers and technical advisors on this project. The mobile app was officially launched in a ceremony hosted by the Hong Kong Blind Union on 17 January 2017.
Certificate of Merit for Category I was presented to Mr Remus Y C Chan while Certificate of Merit for Category II was presented to Ir Dr Ng Pui Lam.
Mr Choi Yiu Fai (L), Miss Kwok Sin Ming (right 2nd) and Mr Leung Cheuk Fung (R) receiving the HKIE Innovation Awards for Young Members - Grand Prize (Category I) from President Ir Joseph Choi (left 2nd).
The President presenting Certificate of Merit - Category I to Mr Remus Y C Chan.
The President presenting Certificate of Merit - Category II to Ir Dr Ng Pui Lam.