The 46th Geneva International Exhibition of Inventions
The 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva, started on Wednesday 11th of April, with the presence of 822 exhibitors from 40 countries convened in Palexpo’s Hall 7. This event, which lasted until Sunday 15th of April, was inaugurated by the Federal Counselor Ignazio Cassis, the Geneva’s authorities and IFIA President, Alireza Rastegar. 1’000 inventions were gathered in the event and a great attraction of visitors from outside the competition was witnessed.
An interview room was set up for IFIA at the center of the exhibition to interview the inventors, delegates of inventors associations and the authorities visiting the event. The main purpose behind installing this room was for IFIA to give international recognition to the innovative projects showcased in this event.
Yvan Bourgnon’s Sea Cleaners project and the model of the factory-ship Manta was presented to the public as a World Premiere on an honor stand. Yvan Bourgnon is world-famous for his solo circumnavigation of the globe and for crossing the North West passage on board a small catamaran with no accommodation, amongst other sailing exploits.
The Grand Prix at the 46th International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva was awarded to Professors Carly Sy Lam and Chi Ho To from Hong Kong in China for their multi-segment lens for glasses designed to defocus short-sighted vision, enabling myopia to be controlled. The lenses in question are for DIMS glasses comprising several ‘microlens segments’ that constantly ‘defocus’ the short-sighted vision of myopia sufferers, enabling them to see clearly. The device has been shown to slow the progression of myopia in children by 60%, and even stopped it altogether in 20% of the subjects tested.
IFIA’s Best Invention Medal was granted to a team of inventors from Switzerland for their eye-catching innovation titled “Hypersvn” which combines uniquely a smart management system platform and a projection unit, a hi-tech hardware device generating 3d visuals perceived as high-resolution holograms floating in the mid-air.
The International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva also honored 45 other top inventions among the thousand or so innovations presented there.