Howard Batterman - Finger Tunes - Woohoo! A fellow Arkansan! He's gotta get through just because of the great state he comes from. Can you tell I'm biased? It's like The Nintendo Glove (which miserably failed might I add) except it plays music when you touch the fingers. Portable, yes. Mixable, sure. But his pitch was a little, uh, sporadic. And I don't think we should be promoting kids to NOT play instruments. But, hey, Go Hogs!
Joe Sparks - Easy Run Belt - "Teaching people how to run" may seem like a ridiculous statement, but there are actually a ton of people out there who run improperly and it can cause serious injury. I know from personal experience. But, I guess we are looking for marketability here, and I don't see egotistical American's admitting that they can't run right by wearing some elastic band contraption
Dean Rose - Instant Abs -A paint on abs stencil? Pa-lease.
Steven Frey - Six tab - Ah, the college drinker in all of us is represented in this guy. Who doesn't love fresh beer from a keg? But there in lies the point...the freshness comes from a keg, not from cans.
Steve Imes - Pea Pod - A baby chair shaped like an egg? Right. And did he just say "egg-olutionary?"
David Le - Motorcycle Helmet with Shoulder Pads - This was doomed as soon as he walked in the door. I know we don't all have access to the right materials, but, foam and paper towel tubes? And the design just doesn't cut it.
Wes Caudill - Expert Racers - 5 years and $300,000?! Oh man, give this guy a shot! And this is probably the most professionally conceptualized invention we've seen: a drag racing set up for MatchBox racer cars. It might seem simple, but what great kids toys aren't? And with the ever increasing popularity of all things NASCAR related, I see this going somewhere. And though we've already seen a car/toy invention, who's not down for some competition? I thought for a second there George was gonna deny, but he's got the heart o' gold.
And can I just say how excited I am to see this Cougar guy?!
Back in NYC and no finalist? Come on New York? I live there now and am sad to see the lack of representation. But here we go....Black Cougar.
Black Cougar Silvio DiSalvatore - Black Cougar - Cougarize the planet? Sign me up! Totally kidding here guys. This guy should have listened to his friends and dropped this years ago--maybe also should have dropped the haircut when Journey ended their reign. This is something you pitch to Mattell, or a comic book company, not American Inventor. Because it's not an invention. It's just a reinterpretation of an old one. So THANK GOD Sarah and George didn't change Pat and Peter's minds.
So no finalist from NYC, huh? This seems to be the fate of New York City with every reality show. American Idol never pulls good talent from New York, and now neither can American Inventor. But, at least we got to see some entertainment tonight. I mean, who isn't going to be talking about Silvio DiSalvatore and Black Cougar? He was production gold.
Anyway, the sun sets on episode three of American Inventor and we saw some decent inventions I'd argue, though nothing I think that will win for the city. I'd say the front runners from this episode are Christina Ritano with Cart Cure and Wes Caudill with his $300,000 Expert Racer. Quite frankly I'm rooting for him simply because of all the money he put into his invention. Hopefully in the next episode, when we finish up Chicago and New York, we'll see more formidable competition--especially in New York City. Keep the comments going below as the rest of you across the country keep watching and find out what I've been talking about in the blog. I'm sure EVERYONE has something to say about Black Cougar...
Inventor Spot Team