Hi-tech changes people's lives

CNC reporting from Shanghai
Added On May 15, 2013

In the technological world we live in today, it's hard for one to imagine functioning without technology.

The four-day China (Shanghai) International Technology Exchange Fair provides a global platform to showcase and exchange the latest technologies.

During this year's fair, which concluded Saturday, domestic exhibitors displayed their new products on international popular technology including 3D printers and air trains.

How can technology change people's lives?

Let's take a look.

MAGICAL 3D PRINTER 

Three-dimensional printers got the most attention.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) SUN QING, CNC Correspondent:
"Just input the image into the machine and you will get what you want. No matter what it is and what it looks like. The chair I'm holding is printed by the 3D printer. It only costs two yuan."

The three-dimensional printers work very much like ordinary desktop printers.

But instead of just putting down ink on paper, they stack up layers of living material to make 3D shapes.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) Li YIZHE, Exhibitor:
"It automatically generates products, which reduces the process of model production. In turn, it shortens the trial period."

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) Visitor
"I want to buy it. Our company forges bearings and we hope that it can polish our products."

The technology of 3D printing has been applied in the field of aviation, medical treatment and electronics industry.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) YANG TAO, Exhibitor
"Applying one's own cells to print organs will avoid transplant rejection and long-time waiting. I think it will be a significant contribution to humankind when the technology matures."

AIR TRAIN SCHEME

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) SUN QING, CNC Correspondent:
"The carriage hanging 5-meters from ground is the air train. It runs below the orbit. The research and development is undergoing in several cities. Commuting by air train between home and work is no longer a dream in the near future."

Traveling at speeds of 50 kilometers per hour, the train is designed to carry 75 passengers.

Construction costs for the air train are likely between 24 to 29 million U.S. dollars.

The air train system is quieter and more eco-friendly than exiting system, emitting no sulphur dioxide.

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) BAO ZAIYONG, Exhibitor
"The construction takes less time and it's environmentally friendly. It hangs 6.5 meters below the rail, which prevents it from making noise. It occupies limited areas and saves room for road surface. And it realizes full automation."

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) CHEN CHANGGUI, President of Air Train International Group:
"Air train appears to be the best way to link central city and satellite city. It also realizes the connection between airports."

SMART SCHOOL BUS 

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) SUN QING, CNC Correspondent:
"Parents concern most about the travel safety of their children. The new system on school bus not only provides all-time monitor, but sends the messages to parents' cell phones."

SOUNDBITE (CHINESE) Exhibitor
"The button is to call for help. The high-definition camera allows workers in the rescue center to know the situation on the bus when accident occurs and makes sure timely help."

The sensors on the school bus enable parents to know what happens to their children. The system has been promoted in 26 cities in China.