International Inventors Fair Attracts Some Wild And Wacky Creations

By Meera Dolasia on April 23, 2012

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From April 18th - 22nd, 789 aspiring inventors from 46 countries came to Geneva, Switzerland to exhibit their brilliant ideas at the International Exhibition of Inventors. Now in its 40th year, the event provides a venue for inventors to showcase their creations to potential investors or manufacturers who can help them with commercial production.

As usual, there were some really useful ones like a lamp that generates its own power and a wind generator that requires only a breeze to produce power. However, as is normally the case, it is the wacky ones that received the most attention. Among the wildest was a suspender that will not only hold up the wearer's pants, but also, his umbrella, so that he can walk around with his hands, completely free.

Another fun one was this Ball Rider. Invented by Germany's Ulli Boehme it comprises of two large colorful balls in lieu of wheels and is being marketed as a new sport and leisure vehicle! For people who have a hard time or simply hate tying their shoelaces, there was a brilliant gadget that did the job with a single touch.

US born Andre Platetsky invented a hairbrush fitted with a section to hold a liquid treatment solution that would shoot out when the user brushed his/her hair, whilst Geneva resident Jacues Surbect invented a ball that would protect its user from the electro-magnetic waves emitted by common household gadgets like televisions, radios and microwaves.

Then there were the baby bottles that would change color depending on the temperature of the liquid inside, a protective suit to help people who work in toxic environments, a high-tech screen that allows the user to play stimulated golf and the list goes on and on. . . .

While medals were awarded to inventors from many countries, it was the Taiwanese inventors that stole the show with eight special prizes, 45 gold medals, 52 silver medals and 25 bronze medals! While most were awarded to scientific products, one gold medal was won by this really cool invention - Shoes with interchangeable high heels that featured things like the Eiffel Tower, Chinese Chess and Taiwan's tallest building, The Taipei 101.

Resources: timesofmalta.com, silobreaker.com,dailymail.co.uk

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  • bluewave22
    bluewave226/25/2012
    I love looking at cool new inventions, expecially the funny and down right weird ones. I so want the Ball Rider.
  • tjdjs1103
    tjdjs11038/2/2012
    Cool!
    • ics60
      ics6012/3/2012
      awesome want the ball rider and how does it move
      • nsdgirl
        nsdgirl1/27/2013
        cool
        • ChunkyMonkey4/11/2013
          I would use the hair brush.
          • amazaballz12349/10/2013
            These inventions are awesome!
            • rainbow1234
              rainbow12349/10/2013
              Awesome inventions
              • Rain123411/12/2013
                I would use the hair brush
                • awesome_kid
                  awesome_kid12/14/2013
                  cool
                  • AwesomeLove534/29/2014
                    The shoelace thing would be helpful because my shoelaces come undone so much that I don't even bother tying them.

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