September’s prize: The Beach Bag Plus
Posted in | Sep 02, 2014
As part of our 150th birthday celebrations here at Wilson Gunn, we are giving you the opportunity to win over £1000 worth of British innovations in our monthly prize draws.
Perfect for the pool, beach, festival or picnic
We start with September’s prize draw, The Beach Bag Plus, a nifty beach bag that incorporates a sun lounger and can double as a cool bag, perfect for keeping you comfortable by the pool or on the beach, or a perfect companion for that picnic or festival.
Invented by Lincolnshire based Andrew Morrison, the Beach Bag Plus was the platinum tier winner in the leisure category of the 2012 British Invention Show, and featured as part of the 2014 Gadget Show Live’s British Inventors’ Project.
Easy to inflate beach mattress
The Beach Bag Plus is a holdall that unzips to reveal two PVC liners which, once inflated, serve as a mattress and pillow to keep you comfortable by the pool or on the beach. One of the most innovative things about the Beach Bag Plus is the way in which inflates. In lieu of the hard and often uncomfortable hard plastic nozzles traditionally associated with inflatables (beach balls, swimming rings etc.), there is a foldable “EEZZIFLATE” valve which allows an increased airflow making it much quicker to inflate and deflate.
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Cool bag innovation
Coupled with the convenience of having a transportable sun lounger the Beach Bag Plus has a number of foldable sleeves for holding all the accessories you’d want to hand whilst basking in the sun.
The Beach Bag Plus also features a compartment with a hole for looping through headphones allowing for the use of an IPod or MP3 player, whilst keeping it dry and sand free.
When the mattress is deflated the Beach Bag Plus folds away neatly into an easy to carry package with plenty of room for carrying supplies. In an innovative twist, if the PVC liners are slightly inflated they can be used to insulate against outside heat meaning on top of all its other features the Beach Bag Plus can serve as a cool bag, perfect for keeping your drinks cool whilst on the way to beach.
The inventor Andrew Morrison talks about his invention
Inventor Andrew Morrison has a background in the packaging industry and grew tired of the frustration of having so much to carry around on family holidays so put his experience to use in 2011 to create the Beach Bag Plus stating, "It was just an idea 15 years ago, so I've only been working on the development and manufacture of this complete product for just over a year. But I do wish I'd managed it 25 years ago when my children were smaller.”
The British Inventors' Society citation said: "Beach Bag Plus is an innovative, patented design product."
And this innovative bag has been drawing some serious attention from the invention community after appearing the 2014 Gadget Show Live. After the show Mr Morrison was heard to remark, "We have a number of meetings in place with serious buyers from the UK and abroad who are looking to talk to us about where to go from here with a number of ideas.”