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Geneva fair displays wacky inventions

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 the hope of attracting investors or buyers.

Jean-Marc Batard said the idea to build his pyramidlike 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.

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