PSI is an ideal platform for tinkerers and inventors to introduce their ideas to an audience that appreciates creative, funny, bizarre and practical ideas. From 9 to 11 January 2018, up to twelve inventors have a chance at PSI to get their foot in the door of the promotional products market.
Eco-friendly problem solver
The Aalen-based company Geschmacksentfaltung had the courage to take the plunge at PSI 2017 already. “Back then, we attended as absolute newcomers with very little trade show equipment, and we didn’t really know what to expect at PSI”, remembers managing director Jochen Gabler. “Nor did we know what the industry expected of us. By the time we skimmed through our notes at the end of the first show day, we were already able to answer that. We’d brought to PSI exactly what the promotional products industry had expected from us.” It was Greenspoon, an eco-friendly combination of a spoon and a tea bag. It had taken three years to turn the idea into a TÜV-certified product.
Kibonu Kugelbäumchen will present another ‘green’ promotional products invention. Growing directly out of a moss ball rather than from a flower pot, their tree turns into a decorative eye-catcher. The handmade moss ball contains a special soil mixture and water-retaining granules to make cultivation a breeze. What’s more, various customisable packaging options turn the plants into sustainable brand ambassadors.
Yves Gallas, the inventor of the TopCan, found an economic solution to a commonplace problem. His invention makes it possible to securely reseal opened cans. The TopCan, which is both watertight and airtight, can even preserve the carbonation in fizzy drinks. According to the inventor, it’s a hygienic and comfortable solution for an everyday problem that fits on more than 90 per cent of European cans.
Inventions to enhance safety in everyday life
Headquartered in the Czech Republic, SDI gifts, presented their products at partner exhibition stands. The response has been so positive that the company decided to exhibit themselves as an inventor in 2018. They’ll showcase two products at PSI 2018. First there’s the Golchi 2-in-1 Bottle, a vacuum-insulated bottle that makes it possible to simultaneously transport two beverages at different temperatures. Second is the Loken Token. A dual USB stick that utilises a five-digit mechanical combination code to protect digital data from unauthorized access.
Guido Flaig, the inventor of Der-Schlenz, targets corporate customers, major businesses, promotional products wholesalers, insurance companies and banks looking for an alternative to classic promotional items. For two and a half years, he tinkered with an idea to simplify the cutting of grilling sausages. “By guaranteeing the maximum cutting depth, Der-Schlenz minimises the risk of injury and the cracking and bursting of the sausages.”, explains Guido Flaig. The idea came to him years ago when a friend seriously injured himself cutting a sausage with a knife. “That’s when I attached a slider to the cutting edge in order to limit the cutting depth. A handle is attached to the opposite side of the slider, making the tool easy to use.”
Practical, clever, multifunctional
The inventors of the FlipPen will be making their PSI debut with this combined pen, highlighter and handheld toy. The two founders Kim Eisenmann and Sven Häuser had the idea for the invention during a learning period in 2016. The FlipPen is designed as an “everything-in-one-hand solution” to support daily tasks. In addition, the gadget is aimed at improving workflows, increasing productivity and boosting performance. “