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ABC's American Inventor - Episode 3 Season 2 Live Blog and Show Recap

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...

 

Part 1:


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 TrainerDry 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.

Part 2:

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 SneakerMusical 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!

Part 3:


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.

Comments
Jun 20, 2007
by Contextion
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I think the copper guy is

I think the copper guy is smoking something with the copper!

Jun 20, 2007
by Contextion
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The swimming guy should hang

The swimming guy should hang from resistant wires so he can swim in the air.

Jun 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

squeegee towel

hmm. if i kept on going to visit someone and they had disgusting towels, i think I would just bring one with me the next time i visited. don't need to be brillant to think of that answer.

Jun 20, 2007
by Contextion
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condom keychains are already

condom keychains are already invented

Jun 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Safe Sex in a Bottle

I don't know why they couldn't have included that in the jewelry box idea.  It had everything else. 

Jun 20, 2007
by Contextion
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The prescreening judges are

The prescreening judges are horrible. They make children cry on TV.

Jun 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

paddle ball with two hands

its a really smart idea - its like handball without a wall.  but i can't believe his product would be the next american inventor. 

Jun 20, 2007
by Contextion
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Peter jones said yes because

Peter jones said yes because he likes the person. Not much of a contest of looking for an invention.

Jun 20, 2007
by A mom (not verified)

shopping cart handle covers

It is already out on the market.  I've bought them.  Maybe that woman should have walked through a baby store first before coming on TV

Jun 20, 2007
by Contextion
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Id say the shower curtain

Id say the shower curtain idea is the best so far.  Even though it would cost more you wouldnt have to spend time changing it.

Jun 20, 2007
by Idi (not verified)

I would totally buy that

I would totally buy that shower curtain. Smart and simple. Good idea.

Jun 20, 2007
by Contextion
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Peter says he couldnt

Peter says he couldnt believe if they searched the whole America they would find an invention like the helmet connected to the shoulder pads. If they advertised they wanted crazy ideas im sure they would get even crazier ones.

Jun 20, 2007
by bobbyamore (not verified)

think outside the box

Nascar   uses the helmet already!

Jun 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Racer

$300K Holy F **** Shit.  I think $3K would have been too much. 

Jun 20, 2007
by Contextion
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Theres no way he spent

Theres no way he spent $300,000 on a matchbox track but I guess lies gets a yes when the judges use their personal feelings to judge a contest.

Jun 20, 2007
by Lazy in NJ (not verified)

Tan on Abs

Some fellow beer lover thought of this idea.

Jun 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Black Couga (the R is purposely left out)

Cougarize.  Is that a word?  Why are they at his house in Yonkers?

Jun 20, 2007
by Contextion
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no finalist from New York?

no finalist from New York?

Jun 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

family show?

I'm really surprised by editing allowed couger to say the 76's suck!

Jun 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

reality tv or not really?

I quess we know how things are staged for the show because they went to his house before he auditioned.

Jun 20, 2007
by gazzy (not verified)

Carlo - copper guy

Hey could this be the same guy as the copper guy?  Carlocopper.com?

Jun 20, 2007
by Alexis

Why do they go to people's houses?

I really don't understand why American Inventor went to the Black Cougar's "inventor's" house if they weren't going to add him as a finalist.  AI did that last week too with the guy with the stick from New Mexico.   Are contestants required to submitt videos of themselves?  I'm thinking if they do, maybe AI cut something out of the contestant's video?  Am I stretching?

Jun 20, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Random thoughts

They should stop bringing little kids on. It's clearly just to humiliate them. There's absolutely no chance they'll become one of the 12 finalists.
The Expert Racers is one hell of a stupid idea. How is it better than Hot Wheels? Answer: it's not. Five seconds and it's over. It's not like a Hot Wheels set where the race could go on and on for 15 minutes or even longer. And just where are Hot Wheels and Matchbox today? It's just not a hot field anymore and kids won't buy into it. Kids want more action and interactivity, more like something they'd get from an Xbox or PS3 racing game. This is just another silly middle-aged man who's longing for the joys of his younger days, just like the Bulletball man from last year. Give it up, guy. The shower curtain is yet another affront to the environment due to the American mindset of disposability. It was disappointing that they couldn't find any finalists yet in NYC. But it's no thanks to their emphasis on toys and gadgets as opposed to real, useful inventions. Luckily, there's still next week, the host and his anxious "real possibility there won't be a New York finalist" announcement notwithstanding. I doubt it was really that barren. They're probably saving the real entries for next week.

Jun 21, 2007
by Demark (not verified)

spread the cheer

See:

Carlocopper.com (this guy has a patent on it! - freepatentsonline.com/#6266824)

dogball.com

expertracers.com

blackcougar.com

Jun 21, 2007
by Seth Plattner

Response

Thanks for all the responses guys.  Clearly you all had more to say about making kids cry than DiSalvatore and his Black Cougar. 

 I understand your sentiments about making children cry, but remember that the parents of these children are willfully letting their kids enter the contest with the knowledge that they might not make it through.  Sure she was cute and gave a good pitch, but is it worth it to put her through knowing she isn't going to make it?  I guess one could argue...hey, why not put her through just for this round just to make her happy?  I don't know...the argument can easily swing both ways for me.

 Like I said, I was suprised more of you didn't comment on Black Cougar!  But, what else is there to say really.  I mean, seriously...

Jun 21, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

For get about it!

 A forgetaboutit, it's fantastic entertainment wth the couger. You got a problem with that? oh!!!!!  
I predict a kid will make it through. Forgetabout it !

Jun 21, 2007
by Andreas (not verified)

XpertRacers?Kids on AI?

OK in 1969 -1970 Topper introduced Johnny Lightning cars with a race track that lets you drag race the cars down a track, like real drag racers.  Spending $300K on a track that makes drag racer sounds I am sorry to say is too much money and this poor fellow was taken for a ride by unscrupulous individuals that made money off of him. The best thing AI could do would be to expose these sharlitans who pray on peoples dreams and put a stop to it.    As for Kids on AI, it should be up to the parent to explain to the child that this may or may not happen.  My daughter and I went to the Tampa Auditions and we didn't make it, I told her to be realistic and the best thing that happened was they told us up front, They intoned that because I am a professional designer it wouldn't make for good TV, that is fine with us, I have the means to make her ideas a reality.  But for the parent's of all the children that auditioned and didn't make it, don't dispair, explain to them that it is more about entertainment than Ideas and that there are respectable people who will genuinly help them if the idea is great.

Jun 21, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Too much wasted time with "WACKY"

If the pre-judges (they screen twice before they get to the celebrity judges) didn't spend 99% of their efforts in getting insane & wacky inventions they could send through some decent inventions. Thus, the bad moves forward. The celebrity judges can only judge what they have! I stood in line and know just beside me the inventions were 99% better than what I've seen so far! How about a security problem going to the houses of these nut's. Yet entrants are heavily screened before they go before the 3 panels of judges.

Jun 21, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

the unique inventions

The swimming machine which was a waste. The peal-a-way shower curtain which I haven't seen before, at least as its intended to be used. but the Dogball is something i've never seen before or anything like it, but they didn't show much of it.

Jun 21, 2007
by Wes (not verified)

$300,000 was a low and Im no lier.

Before you call someone a lier you should do a little research. Obviously you no nothing about developing a product from scracth. The tooling alone cost nearly$100,000 dollars. These are injection molding parts. Also the TV did not show much of the electronics portion of the track. There was software that had to be developed, circuit cards, led lighs, remote foot pedals and sound effects. Also there are many componets to the track. Not just a plastic piece of track. There are many internal pieces to the starting unit you don't even see. Such as a electric motor that releases the cars. OK that's part 1 to your so called lie. Part two is How much money do you think you would have to pay a engineering company to develope all this?  I think commen since would tell you at least another $100,000 dollars.  So here you are at $200,000 dollars just for developement and Tooling for all the injection molded parts and guess what you don't even have product yet. So of course there is a cost for each race track that needs to be manufactured. Say I manufactured 3,500 race sets to start with.  That's really not a whole lot would'nt you agree? There's a cost for each race set. I can tell you this that it puts the investment well over $300,000. This is just a low estimate because there was a whole lot more to it than this, for example, Graphic design for packaging, Web-site, and many more smaller things that add up to well over $300,000. There's your lie. Wes.