- Title: BELGIUM: INVENTORS FAIR
- Date: 7th November 1997
- Summary: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM (NOVEMBER 8, 1997) (RTV) 1. GV/PAN: VIEW OF BOOTHS AT THE 46TH ANNUAL INVENTORS' FAIR 0.11 2. GV: AUTOMATIC BABY ROCKER 0.23 3. MV/SV: BULLET-PROOF SECURITY TUNNEL WHICH COULD BE USED FOR GUARDS TRANSPORTING MONEY BETWEEN BANKS AND THEIR ARMOURED CARS (2 SHOTS) 0.34 4. CU/TILT: DIAGRAM SHOWING HOW TUNNEL WORKS 0.40 5. GV/MV: OCTOPUSI, HORIZONTAL SHOWER WITH DUMMY IN IT - LID CLOSES AND JETS BEGIN SPRAYING (3 SHOTS) 1.10 6. MCU: VIEW OF DUMMY'S HEAD STICKING OUT END OF SHOWER 1.14 7. GV/LAS: REMOTE-CONTROL UMBRELLA OPENING/ VIEWS OF UMBRELLAS WHICH ARE "GUARANTEED NOT TO BLOW INSIDE OUT" (3 SHOTS) 1.40 8. GV/CU: MAN IN NECK MASSAGE CHAIR (3 SHOTS) 1.55 9. CU/GV: ELECTRIC WALKING STICK BEING DEMONSTRATED (3 SHOTS) 2.15 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved.
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- Location: BRUSSELS, BELGIUM
- Country: Belgium
- Duration: 00:02:18
- Story Text: - INTRO: An automatic baby rocker, a horizontal shower, a remote-control umbrella and an electric walking stick are a few of the weird and wonderful items on show at the Brussels inventors' fair.
The star of the show is the horizontal shower, the Octopusi, a cross between a jacuzzi, a shower and a steam bath, invented by Juan-Gabriel Antuna, a sufferer of chronic back pains and stress.
The subject lies face down in a box resembling the type used by a magician to saw people in half, but with only the head sticking out at one end.
The lid closes and a battery of 36 nozzles sends jets of high pressure warm water in waves up and down the body for eight minutes.
The Spanish-born inventor, a naturalised Belgian, claims it is good for relaxing the muscles and helps blood circulation and the lymphatic system.
But the horizontal shower is only one among more than 1,000 inventions from some 40 different countries as far away as Russia, China, Morocco, France, Spain and Belgium on show at the 46th annual inventors' fair until November 12.
If the shower has not done its job of total relaxation, the chair mounted neck massager is available for the truly stressed.
The electric walking stick uses a small motor activated by a button in the handle to extend or retract the shaft both to adjust to the user's height and to occupy less space when not in use.
The remote control umbrella might seem to be the ultimate toy for the really lazy but its inventor maintains that cafe owners with large terraces will benefit the most from it.
The umbrella is also guaranteed not to blow inside-out in the wind thanks to its special design.
With violent crime on the rise around the world, one Belgian inventor has come up with the Security Channel, a system of tunnels fitted with bullet-proof glass that slide out to make a secure passage between a bank and a security van making a pickup or delivery.
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