Tokyo, Japan – Six top international inventions for 2013 were awarded this year’s Kyoto Prize in ceremonies held at the Royal Palace in Tokyo this weekend. The Kyoto Prize is an international award to honor those who have contributed significantly to the scientific, cultural, and spiritual betterment of mankind. The prize is presented annually in each of the following three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy.
The winning inventions were awarded the golden medals under the category of Basic Sciences. Each award comes with $500,000 cash prize.
The winners and countries represented were: Ctrl+Alt+Del Wand (Philippines), Runny Nose Portable Tissue Dispenser (Japan), Swiss Army Shovel (Mexico), Noodle Soup Chopstick Fan (China), Steering Wheel Snack Tray (Germany) and Wind-powered Clothes Drier (Venezuela).
The panel of international judges noted that this year’s awardees represent the cream of the crop among the most useful, innovative, inexpensive and brilliant inventions the Kyoto Prize has seen in decades.