(from Toyota Press
Release) Toyota Motor Corporation held its Toyota
Engineering Society (TES) Festival 2004 event in Toyota City, Aichi
Prefecture, Japan, during which a number of original and creative
contraptions made using automobile parts were presented by members
of the TES. A total of 31 different entries, from a new type of
energy-saving vehicle that uses flywheels and steam to the rear tire
of a Toyota RAV4 that becomes a separate vehicle when removed, were
presented in the invention contest entitled: "Idea Contest: Car
This year's top honours went to the Eco Q - a personal transport
device which when pedalled, creates electricity to offer clean
power; the Mechanical Centipede - a device which uses pedals to
power its 22 centipede-like legs; and first place was awarded to Mr.
Masami Hirata, and his 12 colleagues, for their Bubble Crab - a
mechanism which uses wipers and radiator fans to create a steady
supply of large bubbles.
This year marked the 28th time this event has been held since it
began in 1976 as part of the activities of TES, an informal
31,000-member group of TMC employees headed by TMC Executive
Vice-President Akihiko Saito. TES's aim is to improve the technical
skills of members and contribute to the development of technology
and engineering in Toyota's areas of operations.
The TES Festival 2004 and the Toyota Making Things Festival (which
featured numerous interactive events) made up the one-day "Waku-Waku
World - Cars and Making Things" event. Waku-Waku World is an event
open to the general public free of charge under the themes of
"making things" and "global environment."