Welcome back for Episode 3 of ABC's second season of American Inventor! We are right in the thick of the preliminary rounds, seeing some great--and not so great--inventions out there. Last week we got our San Francisco and L.A. winners (Greg Chavez and Ricky DeRennaux), and this week we continue with open calls in Chicago and New York. I'm hoping to see some good stuff tonight from the Northern crowd--a healthy mix of cool and crazy. So let's get started...
Carlo Giansanti -Copper- Our first NYC contestant. OK, the "miracles" of copper have been "helping" golfers for years now (ya know those bracelets they all wear?) And maybe we would take him seriously if he demonstrated his strength that is supposedly greater than it was when he was 30. But just showing us a bunch of things (hats, eyeglasses, breathing masks) that have been "enhanced" by coppyer? He has no proof here. And oh Carlo, those glasses....
Dry Swim Trainer
James Davis - Dry Swim Trainer - $25,000?! Holy moly I hope he gets through just because he spent that much freaking money! That's quite a contraption, sir...and it doesn't seem to be working quite as he planned. The idea is good in theory, because not everyone can get to a pool. But, this machine that is supposed to simulate swimming without water is bulky and would have no competition in today's home gym market. It would only fit in a garage or something. And truthfully the price of this thing would be about as much as a gym membership, most of which have pools.
Tom German - Body Squeegee Towl Saver - Hmm. I really don't know how I feel about a body squeegee. I mean, everyone hates doing laundry, and towels are always building up around my house with all the children, but I just can't see anyone getting this. What about your head? You have to dry your head and face, so the need for a towel isn't exactly eradicated. I do see his logic though.
Sophia Kandelaki - 12-in-one jewelry thing - Ok so we started with a jewelry box and ended up with a karaoke machine? And air-conditioner? And a "sexy guy" voice recorder? It's like she just got bored and thought about all the most random things she could put in something arbitrary like a jewelry box. Maybe in the Republic of Georgia....or wherever.
Safe Sex in a Bottle
John Lorinz - Safe Sex in a Bottle - His intro wasn't very convincing was it. Saying you haven't slept with a woman in 4 years doesn't really put me on your side. And last I checked, a condom fit nicely in your back pocket, so needing a key chain to hold one isn't necessary.
Musical Sneaker Molly Balevre- Musical Sneaker - Oh! I love kid inventors! I'm always rooting for them. I mean, I could see kids liking sneakers that play music maybe by just dancing around with them in their room, but even if she got through she wouldn't be chose as the NYC winner, ya know? But I'll be damned if she didn't get me with those rosy cheeks and quivering lip!
Elmer George - Whizball - So here is our first Chicago inventor, and god bless this 78 year old man for keeping at it. So, the whizball. It's like handball without the wall. Just clip the ball on the string to your shirt and slap it around with the paddles. I do like how he is looking our for the older generation, and, hey, I think it looks fun! And he seems to really enjoy it. Not gonna lie, I totally want to try it. But, aw, I don't like hearing that he needs this to justify 78 years of life, so, whew! The judges gave him a chance. Again, Peter proves that he does have something beating in his chest. Our first yes!
Sandra Erickson - Peel Away Shower Curtain - I wish I would have seen more of this, but it seems straight forward enough to be really successful. One of those things you always say "Gosh, I wish I'd thought of that."
Christina Ritano - Cart Cure - Sanitary covers for grocery cart handles? Genius! This is a great idea! I could see every grocery store in the country having these, especially with growing concerns about germs being everywhere.
John & Henrietta Sparks - Dog Ball - Pet owners love this type of stuff, and I would have chosen it anyway just because of that adorable dog. Yes, I know, I'm a sucker. And I hate trying dogs to stakes, so this heavy, yet movable ball with a leash attached seems a little more humane.