British inventor Dr John C Taylor praises Chinese innovation
Noted British inventor Dr John C Taylor OBE is proud to be showcasing his stunning Dragon Chronophage clock at Design Shanghai, which will take place from March 27-30 2015.
Design Shanghai, which is organised by Media 10, is China’s premier design event. The last exhibition was attended by over 47,000 people.
Dr Taylor knows China well, having done business in Hong Kong in the 1960s and then setting up a factory in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province in the 1980s.
Speaking about China’s gift for creativity, he said, “I have a great deal of respect for the inventiveness of the Chinese and their love of great design. It is a trait that has been central to their nation’s character since ancient times.
“China has produced a number of truly world-changing inventions such as paper, printing, gunpowder and the compass.
“Business is unlike anywhere else because the Chinese are so interested in product innovation and inventions. I’d meet them and they would call in their development team and sales people. I was dealing with entrepreneurs who wanted to know what the product would do, rather than the price. This was the refreshing difference across the board in China. People were consistently open-minded and wanted new ideas.
“I have no doubt that the people of China will continue to shape the future of the world through intelligent design.”
Dr Taylor is an authority on innovation, holding over 400 patents – he invented the bi-metal blades used in cordless kettle thermostats. It is estimated that his designs have been used in almost two billion appliances worldwide.
Created in tandem with Professor Long of Hangzhou Art University, the Chronophage is a colourful, friendly and playful dragon which engages admirers with a selection of ‘tricks’ and waves of the tail.
Speaking about the design of the Chronophage, Dr Taylor said, “Being an inventor, you never want to do anything that anybody has done before, so it was necessary to find a new way of telling time.”
It is designed to make reference to Einstein’s theory of ‘relative time’ and speeds up, slows down and even stops, reflecting the fact that our perception of time can change depending on our activity. The clock is correct every fifth minute.
A feature unique to the Dragon Chronophage is the appearance of a single pearl at the top of every hour which is then swallowed by the dragon.
The Chronophage will be on sale at the exhibition and is valued in excess of £3 million, or 28.9 million yuan.