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

Part 4:

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?"

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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.

Part 5:

Expert Racer
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?!


Part 6:

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 CougarBlack 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...

Seth Plattner
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Inventor Spot Team

Jun 21, 2007
by Anonymous

You don't even know what your talking about.

Do you even know what a hot wheels track is? It does not sound like it. I can forward you hundreds of emails from people who have purchased a track and the praises they have made about it. before you start talking out your  a**  you should set Expert Racers drag race track up in front of some kids and watch them play for hours. If you would have done that first you would not say something so ignorant.

Jun 22, 2007
by copper friend (not verified)

do a patent search for

do a patent search for Patent #6266824

Jun 23, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)


Let's face the truth.  This show is OVER.  DONE.  KAPUT.  THE YEAR TWO CONTESTANTS ARE AWFUL.  REALLY AWFUL.  Probably not intentional.  And the judges are hard to figure.  From what they have shown, they are weak, but i'm sure they filmed many hours to get the short snips.  It all simply doesn't work.  Last season had some problems-- especially in the second half of the season, when it had to run against ORIGINAL EPISODES OF CSI AND EARL AND THE OFFICE.  This year's there's almost nothing else on.   Season two ratings are in the toilet pathetic.  And AVCstopped promoting it.  And Simon has disappeared.  It's an orphan.  Just wait till it re-runs the first episode on July 4th!!  it's a shame really.  but it's OVER!!

Jun 23, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

American Inventor Season 2

I give a Hoo Rah for all the contestants! It took a lot of guts and cash to get there!

Most of them spent a lot of personal time and effort  and $$$$ to promote their dream....something they believed matter if the product was GOOD or BAD it was part of some one!  I'm sure it became part of their everyday life for a long time, and it can be a real blow when someone trys to  knock you down.

I say Go for it people!!!!  Don't give up, there is always going to be  someone out there that thinks like you and would love to have that product.   PEOPLE MAKE THE WORLD GO ROUND and it's a big world!!!Laughing

Jun 23, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Serious Inventions

I took a serious life saving invention there and was told " I think you have a wonderful invention that will save lives, but that isn't the direction the show wishes to go at this time".

WTF? Look at the stupid stuff that made it there.

Jun 23, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Defensive inventors

Getting defensive won't help you. There's nothing novel and thus patentable about Finger Tunes. There are lots more gloves like that. Google music glove or midi glove.
Wes was taken for a ride for his $300,000. Besides, if he already has all the tooling, packaging and marketing materials, what does he need a $50,000 finalist prize for? Would he scrap all his stuff if the design company Fremantle hires tells him to do so? I didn't think so. AI is or at least should be for inventions that really need help getting finished. Wes basically claims that Expert Racers is finished. He apparently just wants the $1 million to buy advertising.

Jun 23, 2007
by mother of 4 (not verified)


Gee -

Don't you think she did go to a baby store and that is all there was.....handle covers for babies!!!!

I think Care Cure is for ALL ages, not just for babies!  I would love to see something on the market that I suites my personality trait...maybe tyedye or an american flag...I hope she wins!  I recorded the show, if you pause it and read her sign....Her invention is actually awesome!  They're small enough to fit in your back pocket and they come with a case!  I would buy several!

Jun 23, 2007
by mom of 4 (not verified)


Duh -

I taped the episode and paused the section to read her sign...This product is actually Ingenious!

First of all it said due to an ABC news report shopping cart handles are the #1 germ invested item in america, above public restrooms...not cans!  It also shows that Cart Cure comes with a compact case that is small enough to fit into your back pocket or purse (then to be dissinfected when returning home)...duh!

I absolutely would be them...I have four kids, too old for Sesamee Street covers, but that help me shop....I totally would buy them.  I'm sick of my kids getting sick froma freakin cart handle from the dollar store!

Jun 23, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)



Did you know 83,000 tons of wipes rot in our landfills a year!  That's 9000, 18-wheel trucks, that caravan 68 miles...ENOUGH!  Wipes have been on the market for years....yet there is more shit on a shopping cart handle than a toilet seat!    America needs something that is reusable!


Jun 23, 2007
by cox-sacki virus (not verified)


4 years ago my 3 year old daughter got cox-sacki virus (hand-foot-mouth) from a shopping cart.  It was terrible.  She had sores in her mouth, on her hands and on the bottom of her feet, along with a very high fever...The virus is from fecal matter getting into their system, which I feel she obtained from a shopping cart handle...I hope to see these on the market, buying wipes and using them for everything gets costly and I don't even know if they work!

Jun 23, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

serious inventions

We need good live saving inventions!  With everything they had on these  three episodes, I can't see why they would not include your invention.

 I guess we know for the most part that  T.V. is going to show what keeps people watching and thats wacky, crazy, different and out of  the ordinary.  It  gives them something to talk about for the rest of the week!

If you have a good invention, you could probably pitch it to a company that would be more than willing to license and market the product!

Don't give up on it!


Jun 24, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Cart Cure

 Sure, we have alot of trash on this planet. We could take a look at alot of big issues, but sanitary wipes is not one of them. Be honest with yourself. We do need sanitary wipes in the world we live in. Why don't you use the sanitary wipes first and then put the cart cure over the handle if you have a youngster. But as for me,  if someone were to ask me if I would like someone's germs to take home with me or would I like to throw  them in the trash? uhm,

TRASH THE GERMS!!!! Thank You.

Jun 24, 2007
by Wipes Are Out (not verified)

OK Lets carry bleach wipes


Lets carry bleach wipes EVERY WHERE WE GO, to every store we go to....from Sears, Walmart or to your local grocery store and oh, hopefully every store you go to will have a garbage can right there, or maybe you'll just throw it on the ground like so other people who care less about our earth!


Jun 24, 2007
by wes (not verified)

Expert Racers deserves to be in Mass retail

I know some people think that I have a totally finished product in Expert Racers. This is true to a certain degree but there are many things you can do with this race system for die cast cars. Internet racing with Expert Racers? To me American Inventor is about giving people the oppertunity of a life time to show case there invention. Even if it is finished somewhat. Maybe the mass retail stores will see the Race system and want to place an order? Who know's but this was the only way they would ever see Expert Racers. You really can't even get an apointment with the big retailors unless your a big time toy company. Hard lesson learned.

Jun 24, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Re:Wipes - Poor attempt at sarcasm and logic

Um, ever hear of hand sanitizer? No muss, no fuss. Stores like Rite Aid and CVS even have ones shaped like pens that you can spray your hands with. Or you can buy the tiny, pocket size Purell bottles. Honestly, the parents commenting on this are none too bright. Even if you cover the cart handle, kids will touch absolutely everything else and will continue to put their hands in their mouths. That's what kids do, unless you teach them otherwise.

Jun 24, 2007
by Fred C (not verified)

Dryswim trainer

It's a solution looking for a problem. It takes away all the joys of swimming. You're not weightless, but instead feel pressure from the small pads on your chest and hips. Your neck will get tired quickly from trying to hold the weight of your head horizontal. You don't feel the water gliding past you. There's nothing to give any resistance for the arms, so it's not much of a trainer. It's little better than standing up and swinging your arms around. You're much better off buying a punching bag, which would give the same workout of the oblique abs and upper body, the only muscles this thing exercises. Why is it so hard to get into? Any exercise equipment that needs a helper or a ladder to get into is badly designed. Why is it so high anyway? The "swimmer's" hands aren't anywhere near the ground so it looks about twice as high as it needs to be.

Jun 24, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Logic of the Wipes

It is true that kids put hands on everything. I agree with the fact that covering bad germs is not good or smart. If you cover the handle, you better cover the seat because you don't know if the little one before you had a leaky diaper.

Jun 28, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)


Um-gee, I don't think your Purell sanitizer is the cure all.  First of all, there are many people who have sensitive skin and can not even use that and my 3 and 9 year have a terrible habit of biting their nails...they have told me the taste of Purell lingers in their mouth for hours and causes them to feel sick to their stomach. Second, obviously kids touch everything.....however, statistics show (check it out for yourself:  google germs, shopping cart handles).....the NUMBER ONE germ infested item, above a public bathrooms, IS SHOPPING CART HANDLES!  And.....CART CURE is NOT just for children, it is for ALL genders, age and races.   They come in thousands of designs so anyone can use them, sports, flowers, animals, companies can advertisement on them, whatever you'd like.  There is also a clear plastic one that fits your shopping list and coupons!  There are already things out there for babies....adolescents, adults, elderly would be the one to use Cart Cure, especially at the airpot when traveling, (if you need to rent a cart).  AND... they come with a protective carrying case small enough to fit in your pocket.....and one is made out of antibacterial fabric............TOO KILL THE GERMS!  AND yes, there are two other kinds, plastic and cloth that may be washed once you get home and then reused!



Jun 29, 2007
by Steve Frey (not verified)

Six Tap is a NOVELTY Product

Thanks for you comments about the Six Tap. Unfortunately the first part of my pitch, where I explain that the Six Tap is a NOVELTY product, was edited out. How many "Beer Helmets" do you think have been sold in the US?

Jun 30, 2007
by Brian (not verified)

price point

I saw this on the show and loved it! My boys turned to me and asked,  Can we get one? Look for other ways to market your track... once it cathes on I think it could be a succes.

Where's your web site?

Jul 8, 2007
by Mr. Rosenberg (not verified)

global warming

This invention could save the world, but the govt and power generators dont want it. Is this for real?!

Aug 27, 2007
by christina (not verified)

Sonya - Absolutely, your

Sonya -

Absolutely, your product is brilliant and amazingly...I did NOT see your ad nor did my patent attorney, we both performed endless hours searching for products of the like.  With all the information we found.....your product did not come up!!!

My invention is similar, however a huge difference is that mine is available in  designer fabrics  .... not just for babies and is made of a SPECIAL SOLUTIONS that kills harmful bacertia!  There is a little difference there!

The show obviously recognized this, which is why out of 3000, I was one of 6 finalists!

I hope your invention has given you wonderful rewards and I thank you for bringing your product to my attention!

Best Wishes,

Christina Raitano - Cart Cure Handle Covers