To give you a little background, what distinguishes INPEX from a lot of other trade shows out there (of which there are thousands) is that it's not focused on a specific type of product, but rather inventions and new products in general. So, exhibitors display baby products, toys, tools, personal care items, electronics – inventions in basically any category you can imagine. With hundreds of inventions on display, I didn't get around to seeing every booth – but I did get a peek at a good number. Here's a glimpse:
There were quite a few inventions I saw that focused on accessories for the ladies. The patented Finder's Key Purse® (one of several cleverly named products) is a small accessory that hooks onto the side of a purse. A woman clips a set of keys on it so she doesn't have to dig around inside the purse when it's time to get in the car or open the front door with an arm full of groceries. Another handbag-related invention was the patent-pending Wallots (TM), which enables a woman to alter the appearance of her wallet to match a purse. This is actually a two-part invention with a base insert containing all the typical wallet compartments, and a line of covers to make color-coordination easy. For making jewelry shine, there was the patent-pending Jeweler in the Dishwasher® – a device invented by a jeweler to enable people to give jewelry a professional cleaning at home. A person simply fills the container with necklaces, rings or bracelets they want to clean and puts it in the dishwasher.
On the men's side: for all the guys having trouble getting their facial hair to look clean and symmetrical, there's the GoateeSaver (TM). A person simply bites down on the accessory (like a mouthpiece), adjusts the sides to suit the desired goatee girth and shaves away. The inventor created the product based on his own goatee-trimming frustrations, and he claims it'll give a person a uniform shave every time. Another grooming invention (this one not just for men) that also uses a combination naming convention is ShearFuzion. Designed by a hair stylist for hair stylists, the invention combines a comb and scissors into one single tool – so stylists can do the comb-and-cut maneuver more quickly and easily. Best of all, they don't have to juggle two utensils in their hands as they cut hair.
Another trend in INPEX inventions I noticed was the development of products designed to be more environmentally friendly. This was no real surprise since this trend can currently be seen in products being developed worldwide, but it's particularly interesting to see how everyday inventors incorporate it. For example, the Artic Décor (TM) Insulated Wall Covers are stylish, decorative wall accessories that can help control and maintain temperature in a room – which, in tern, could help reduce energy costs. The inventor of this product came up with the idea as a solution to the cold walls in her own home. Another invention, the DryFast (TM) Energy Saving Dryer Blanket is put in the dryer with clothes or other items. The material inside the blanket gets hot while the outside material absorbs moisture – helping clothes to dry quicker and resulting in a 25 percent reduction in energy usage.