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Inventors expo hits Geneva

France's Jean-Marc Batard pose with his children next

France's Jean-Marc Batard pose with his children next to his invention, a pyramidal water-saving garden which allows elderly people to garden, during the opening day of the 39th International Exhibition of Inventions, on April 6, 2010 in Geneva. More than 765 exhibitors from 45 countries are present at one of the World's largest exhibition devoted to innovation from April 6 to April 10, in Geneva. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images) Credit: Getty/FABRICE COFFRINI

They say there’s a gadget for just about everything. That now includes boots that detect radiation and a kangaroo tail for weary humans who’d like a rest but can’t be bothered to sit down.

These and a thousand other devices went on display in Geneva last week at the world’s biggest inventions fair, where exhibitors from 45 countries showed off their weird and wacky designs in Geneva in the hope of attracting investors or buyers.

Jean-Marc Batard said the idea to build his pyramid-like garden came from his experience running a retirement home, where many elderly people complained about not being able to pursue their love of gardening because it was too hard for them to bend down.
The Frenchman came up with a modular wooden frame that can be modified to suit the gardener’s horticultural preference and reach.

While many inventors enjoy support from their governments or universities, some have invested large sums of their own money in unlikely gadgets in the hope of someday hitting the jackpot.

“I’ve spent $71,500 on the prototype, now I need an investor to make it in bulk," said Roberto Capomazza, demonstrating what he claims is the fastest shrimp peeling device ever invented. And why did he devote so much money toward developing a rather simple kitchen implement?

“I love shrimp, but I hate using my fingers to peel them,” he replied. — AP
 

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