A shower that helps you take it lying down
November 8, 1997
Web posted at: 4:37 p.m. EST (2137 GMT)
BRUSSELS, Belgium (CNN) -- It's 5 o'clock in the morning. You've got to get up, get showered, and get to work, but the last thing you want to do is get out of bed. Perhaps if you owned the Octopusi, you could shower lying down and ease into your morning routine.
Ah, but what is an Octopusi? It's not a James Bond beauty, but a beauty it is.
It's a horizontal shower, a hybrid of a Jacuzzi, a shower and a steam bath. It's also stealing the show at the 46th Annual Inventors' Fair in Brussels.
Among the more than 1,000 inventions on display until Wednesday, the horizontal spectacle is the one getting the most "oohs" and "ahs." The inventor, Juan-Gabriel Antuna, designed it with himself in mind: a sufferer of chronic back pains and stress.
It works like this: As though you were in the midst of slumbering bliss, you lie on your stomach, face down in the box, with your head sticking out of one end. The contraption somewhat resembles the boxes magicians use to saw volunteers in half. Once the lid is closed, a battery of 36 nozzles shoots warm water up and down your body in waves.
But don't get too comfortable: each episode of this hygienic wonder only lasts eight minutes.
Octopusi's Spanish-born inventor says it is good for the lymphatic system, relaxing muscles and increasing blood circulation.
But wait, there's more!
If you prefer your showers standing up and umbrellas in the rain, perhaps you'd be interested in an umbrella guaranteed to never turn inside out. (Or so its inventor claims.)
The handy gadget works by remote control -- a nice touch for those lazy, rainy days. The inventor guarantees the umbrella will never turn inside out, no matter how strong the wind.
The inventor says restaurants with outdoor seating and people who use outdoor furniture would probably get the most benefit out of the umbrella.
This year's inventors' fair drew items from some 40 different countries, including Russia, China and Morocco.
Reuters contributed to this report.