Four graduate students from the National Taiwan University of Technology have won a Red Dot Award in the category of design concept for an idea that improves the emergency window-breaking mechanism for buses.

The so-called “Corner Breaker” was one of seven works from the university picked for the prestigious design awards from among nearly 5,000 entries from around the world.

According to one members of the design team, he came up with the idea after reading that some 40 percent of public bus drivers in Taiwan lock the emergency window breakers so that the emergency escape device will not be stolen.

The new device is inspired by a mousetrap mechanism and sees a spring installed inside a window breaker so that the elasticity of the returning spring provides strength to a bolt that can break the bus window at the most accurate spot.

The 2015 Red Dot winners of the design concept will be formally awarded in Singapore on September 25th.


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