In what is built as America's largest invention trade show inventors from as far away as the Philippines, Spain, Taiwan and Qatar displayed their latest inventions that included a wearable purse, a skin conditioner for dogs, a tablet stand for use in bed and a device that produces on average 500 gallons of water from the humidity in the air.
The show, hosted by InventHelp
brings inventors and businesses, venture capitalists and manufactures together with the goal of inventors establishing a license or sales agreement to manufacture and market their products.
This year's show which was held from June 18-20 featured appearances by George Foreman and keynote speaker Maxine Clark, founder of Build-A-Bear Workshop. Foreman spoke to potential inventors Friday morning during one of the show's Inventor University Seminar's and met with exhibitors both Thursday and Friday.
Inventions ranged from simple household gadgets to highly technical products. Some inventors displayed only a model or prototype of their product, while others have a full inventory for sale.
Hoping to encourage younger people to become involved in technology-related businesses George Macasero, a Trustee with the Philippines Junior Achievement exhibited "Alkasweet" a healthier type of non-acidic sugar that was invented by 20 college-age Philippine students. "We are promoting work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy" said Macasero about Junior Achievement. He added, "40 families control 70 percent of the [Philippines] economy and we need younger people to become involved in technology."
A few inventors turn unfortunate circumstances into the inspiration for their products as is the case with Laly Quintanilla from McAllen, Texas, inventor of the "Mirta Wearable Purse.
"I lost my credit cards, ID and money when I was carrying them in my back pocket, not wanting to carry a purse," said Quintanilla. With the help of her sister and after six different changes the two produced a series of fashionable clip-on and wearable purses that actually do not look like purses. The purses can be worn on the hip, shoulder or even used as a pom-pom, yet have discreet zippered pockets for cash, credit cards and other items.
After seeing pet owners spend upwards of $2000 on over-the-counter skin care products for their dogs, Dr. Karen Helton Rhodes and Dr. Terri Bonenberger, both board certified veterinary dermatologists from New Jersey and South Carolina decided there had to be an alternative product that would treat some canine skin conditions.
The "CSS Canine Skin Solutions
" is a two-step process using a shampoo and a spray to be used in between baths, both formulated by the two veterinarians. "Clients want flexible avenues (online, home shopping networks) through which to purchase high quality, effective products without a prescription," the two say in their marketing brochure.
"We wanted to develop an effective, yet affordable solution to prescription [skin care] medication," said Bonenberger.
A device that turns humidity into hundreds of gallons of water developed by an engineer from Qatar seemed to be attracting the attention of some manufacturers. The "Agrigreen" according to its inventor Adnan Fahad Rashed AL-Ramzani Al-Naimi, can take ordinary humidity convert it to 500 gallons of water. "This is very important in my country where we need water for crops" he said. He added he hopes in the near future to increase the device's capacity to 800 gallons.
Having spent hundreds of dollars on holiday and decorative wreaths inspired Brittany Franceschi of South Jordan, UT to develop her "Universal Wreath." The wreath's universal base allows "endless possibilities of covers" one could put on the base said Franceschi. The fabric covers which are placed over the base can range from holiday or seasonal themes to Disney characters or practically anything that can be made out of fabric.
Representatives from QVC, one of the world's largest multimedia retailers were at the show Friday looking for possible inventors for its QVC Sprouts Program. Should an invention be selected and put up for sale on its website, QVC will provide the inventor with help in marketing and selling their product.
Representatives from an estimated 1500 business and marketing companies were expected to attend INPEX
looking for new products.
"The top inventor will take home a $7500 prize or grand prix award," said Nicole Lininger InventHelp's Corporate Communications Director.