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

 

Hi everyone and welcome back for Episode #2 of ABC's American Inventor. As we saw last week, there is quite the spread of wanna-be-inventors this season. Tonight auditions in Los Angeles and San Francisco continue, and I've got an equal amount of hope for some terrible inventions and some great ones. Ya gotta love the bad ones simply for their entertainment value, right?

The show should be starting here in about 5 minutes, so get comfy on the couch and share your comments with tonight's episode of American Inventor.

 

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Milton Butler - Lawn Master - If there is anything the American public latches onto, its yard stuff, so this guy has the right idea. And who doesn't hate weed-eating? I sure do, so anything that makes it easier, I'm all for it.

Skylar Quarles - Mindframe- Here comes the pre-presentation excitement which more often than not means someone is destined for failure. And....it looks like failure is where this guy his headed. So it's motivational sayings on your wrist? And then...nothing? Not necessarily the way to impress the judges with that whole give-me-the-money-and-I'll-show-you-what-I-can-make thing.

Gregory Smith - The Glove Inverter - Peter is right is right, what's wrong with a stick to push the fingers out on an inside-out glove? But he seemed very enthused, no? And I think he had the least nervous presentation we've seen But, come on, a glove inverter?

Part 2:

Wow! Two finalists in one round. I like those odds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arbor - Oh hippies with the one names. So this [unnamed] juggling device was invented in 1976? This guy probably hasn't been out of the hippie commune since 1976 because something very very similar has already been invented. And, if I recall, they didn't quite catch on...

Erica Fand and Shelly Kohan - Fresh Cuts - Right off the bat I like a young girl team, because, let's face it, beauty/home products and the females just go good together. They might need to make the flowers look a little less fake, but I think those who find keeping up with fresh flowers difficult will like these fake flower that emit a nice scent.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tammy Harris - Easy Flow - OK, first, bad name. Easy Flow? Alittle...menstrual? BUT, I like this cake decorating invention, because it simplifies something that everyone wants to be able to do, but can't. Those cake icing bags are messy and unwieldy. But this has some true potential and, I'll admit, it's the most innovative idea I've seen so far on the show. And wow was she prepared! That's what I like to see.

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Tasesa Akeripa - Rowdy Hat - What makes this inherently rowdy? Just because rowdy fans are supposed to wear it to support their team? I see way too many eyes poked out with someone wearing that. Drunk fans and pointed objects? Not such a good idea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The car casket? I loved it! Haha. I could actually see a small population of Harley Riders and classic car enthusiasts who would love something like a casket that looks like a cool car. He should build them made-to-order and he might have a nice side business.

Amy Nahn - Hair Remover - The third of three wacky inventions (Pimple. Pimple? Pimple. Pimple?) and it was probably the most likely to fail when the guy started his demonstration with "It's still a little dangerous." But Bravo for coming in with a number of possibilities...even if they failed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Every - Collapsible Wheelchair - At least he is doing something for his community and I like that he is doing something good for himself and other handicapped people. I think with financial backing he's got a huge chance of doing well in this competition. With proper materials it could collapse much more quickly and be a lot lighter. He's one to watch.

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Richard Kerr - Mr. Brighteyes - Sort of goofy...but it works right? And I hate finding batteries lying around and not knowing if they work, so a battery tester would be a great idea. I'll say that Peter isn't making much sense in his argument. I like this little old man and I think with some re-design it could be a worthy invention. It looks like a little toy right now, but it definitely has potential.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ricky DeRennaux - HP Custom Built Racer - This might actually be something good for elementary or early junior high kids. I could totally see these build-it-yourself automotives as a teaching tool and kids would really have fun with it, right? It's not very "green" (isn't that what everyone says now) with all the paper use but it's still a neat idea. I sort of wish I had this growing up...

Part 5


George Cox - The GG Hearing Aid stabilizer - Not gonna lie, he's moving me here. I'll admit that I don't like the judges asking them "what they sacrificed" just to draw out the sob story. We get it, but I guess they gotta work the production. Anyway, they put a ton of preparation into these colorful, fun clips that keep hearing aides in place and it seems pretty legit, so I would give them a shot. It's also something that could be easily customized with colors and stuff, which is great for kids.

Aw! Peter's heart isn't made of cold, hard, emotionless stone! What a nice gesture, and completely warranted.

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So here are our top three American Inventor finalists from L.A.:

Ricky DeRennaux - I think this is the most marketable invention of the three. I see kids loving these things.
Richard Kopelle - Really? Top 3? I still can't get over that voice! Sort of freaky
Michael Every - This one makes the most "difference" in the world

And San Francisco:

Greg Chavez - His Guardian Angel has a lot of family pull to it, so I think it will beat out Shelly and Erica for that reason.
Milton Butler - Dads would love this I think, but not as wide a market.
Shelly and Erica - This would be the most marketable of the three, and it's not seasonal as the other two are.

And the San Francisco winner is...Greg Chavez! I see big potential for this one too. We have a live tree in my house, and i know my mom would buy a Guardian Angel as soon as it hit the markets. Not sure if I see it goig to the end, but a well deserved $50,000 to try

And the L.A. winner is....Ricky DeRennaux! I think it's a wise decision. I seriously see his Custom Built Racers flying off shelves and it's something that could be updated throughout the years. I'm psyched to see what the money does for these things.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So tonight felt much more satisfactory than last week because we saw a lot more finalists, which was great. The bad ones are fun, but I think it's better to start showing the competition early on to get us attached to certain inventors and their ideas. I also think the inventions we saw go through tonight were of a much better quality than last weeks, do you all agree? They just felt more thought out and actually usable. I hope that everyone, including you Mountain/Pacific time zone people who have yet to watch the show--will include which inventions you want to move on. I'll be checking in on the message boards to keep up with everyone's comments, so don't hesitate to let us know what you thought of tonight's episode of American Inventor.

 

Seth Plattner
Featured Blogger
Inventor Spot Team

Comments
Jun 13, 2007
by Michelle
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Sorry everyone. We had a

Sorry everyone. We had a technical glitch and the article was not publishing. It should be ok from here...hopefully.

Jun 13, 2007
by curious (not verified)

Film Location

did you notice that ABC filmed at the hippie guy's house in New Mexico?  What was up with that?  Why would they go all the way to his house if the judges weren't going move the  stick toy forward? 

Jun 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

99 cent store hat

go rowdy hat guy!! so what if my toddler could make a better hat than that one. 

Jun 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

DRINKING GAME

This is amazing.  Every time you see a contestant who mirrors someone from Season One....take a shot.

I'm already up to six, maybe seven, drinks.

It looks like the producers have given up. Now we know why there was no reral publicity for this season.  And why ABC never bothered to send out advance copies of the show.  They knew.

They had a stinkerooooo.

If I were the Spanx lady, I'd be crying too.

Personally, I blame Simon.  And Peter.  It's their show.

And they have to be ashamed.

If Pat Croice says yes one more time after braggin how tough he is....well, I'll just take two shots!!!

Cheers!!

 

 

 

 

Jun 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

I think the wheelchair is

I think the wheelchair is brilliant. I can see almost every person changing to this one with a little work.

Jun 13, 2007
by Contextion
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Anyone see the kid from last

Anyone see the kid from last year with the doggie air conditioner waiting in line?

I think they showed him for half a second.

Jun 13, 2007
by Alexis

Collapsible Wheelchair

I think we've got our next American Inventor.  That was an great idea.  It will be a shame if he doesn't make it at least into the top ten (assuming there isn't already a patent out there on it). 

Jun 13, 2007
by Alexis

Yes, I recognized the doggy

Yes, I recognized the doggy car fan kid too. 

Jun 13, 2007
by Alexis

Mr. Bright Eyes

I already have a battery tester.  My brother bought it for me last year. 

Jun 13, 2007
by Contextion
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OMG a paper airplane and a

OMG a paper airplane and a water balloon won

Jun 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Peter is human.

Breaking news. Peter is human. Peter is personally paying for the hearing aid stabilizer inventor's $3,000 of expenses. Is anyone else surprised by this?

Jun 13, 2007
by Alexis

Company conducting the Patent Search

I am very curious to know which company charged that poor family $3,000 for a patent search. 

Jun 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Remote control paper...

Anyone catch the name of the product? I've been trying to find it online, I want one. =)

Jun 13, 2007
by Michelle
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With google patent search

With google patent search folks can get a preliminary patent search for free now.

Ahh...progress. :) 

Jun 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

What's $3000 to a

What's $3000 to a billionaire. He should do stuff like that more often.

Jun 13, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Peter and $3000

Hey, the guy's worth $500 million, if you believe the announcer. $3000 is pocket change for him. I have to hand it to him, though, he is the most level-headed of the bunch. I've agreed with every one of his decisions in these first two episodes of the season. Well, except for the hearing aid clip. I wasn't about to fall for another sob story. That seems to be the secret weapon for a lot of people. Bring out the sob story and the kids and you're golden. And, yes, battery testers are a dime a dozen. These judges really show their ignorance by letting it go through. They really need judges who actually know something about what's on the market already. Doug Hall was much better than George or Pat.

Jun 13, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

I agree that the show so far

I agree that the show so far is pretty disappointing but I hate the first part of American Idol and love when it starts getting good.

Maybe when the stupid stuff is over, the show can get better?

Jun 13, 2007
by Idi (not verified)

I agree that the judges are

I agree that the judges are lame. Other than the charisma of George Forman, I think the judges are worthless.

I want the old judges back.  Doug and Mary Lou where are you?

Jun 13, 2007
by Prod (not verified)

I think Peter is ok.  I

I think Peter is ok.  I think as a business man he has a better sense of things but I am unimpressed with the others

Jun 13, 2007
by FRESH CUT FAN!!! (not verified)

LOVE THE FLOWERS!

I just saw this show and I am OBSESSED with those flowers!!!! To answer your question above, their names were Erica Fand and Shelley Kohan and their product was called Fresh Cuts. I know this because I just watched it 5 times on my tivo. Does anyone know where I can buy these flowers?? THEY ARE SOOO COOL!!!!!

Jun 13, 2007
by Amy J Rackmright (not verified)

thanks for the blog

Seth,

Thanks for the on point blog.. went to the bathroom and missed the coffin! See you soon.....;)

Amy J

Jun 13, 2007
by Michelle
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I am a little disappointed

I am a little disappointed that the wheel chair did not win. I understand its not mass market but its a really wonderful idea.  I hope some manufacturer contacts him and gets it done as it would be wonderful to see it on the market.

I found the show much more enjoyable this week and they had good inventions rather than stupid ones.

Jun 13, 2007
by Amy J Rackmright (not verified)

Wheelchair..Gallery Upload of Pics

I agree.... the wheelchair has a great market and benefits everyone all the way around.

 

BTW.. The pictures uploaded on ABC's site ('episode 201') were taken at the Berry Center in Houston. The green dress lady with the guitar..omg..watch out! She was a sweet lady... everyone at the Houston auds ...characters! I'll tell more after the 4th.

Amy J

RMR

Jun 14, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Speaking of patent searches

Shouldn't the show be doing one, at least on the ones they want to make it to the finals?  The tree topper is US3171493 , issued in 1965!

Jun 14, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

My two favorites - The Racers and The Cake Decorator!!!

I loved the custom built racers!  What a great idea, he definately deserved to go to the finals.  I also loved the cake decorator and was surprised that it didn't make the top three.  I would love to see it on the market and would definately buy one!  I wasn't impressed with the flower thing at all.  The flowers looked too phoney and there are already dozens (if not hundreds) of good air freshners on the market! 

Jun 14, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Same here. I've had a

Same here. I've had a battery tester for years. little piece of plastic with a gauge that shows how much energy is left. I was confused when they said yes to the light show called a batter tester. Have none of the judges ever seen one?

Jun 14, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Tree angel and paper cars and planes

The tree angel could be a smoke detector and the paper computer designs could be patterns for designing clothing instead. The sprinkler will make a mess and you can extinguish the fire yourself. you shouldn't leave your house with the lights on! and paper/ I thought when Peter was examining it he would do the same he did with the lady's paper sheets from last season. Quote: "rubbish- then throw them on thhe floor! Ha! Even cardboard is not expected to hold up as the pink cadillac car perfume was displayed some years back. And what kind of boxy designs will "paper" hold a car or airplane design?

Jun 14, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Pre-Judges: They Lied

They lied when they told me they couild send my invention through, but that it would be too much for them. And that there were other better inventions!

Jun 14, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Smoke detector won't work

"The tree angel could be a smoke detector and the paper computer designs could be patterns for designing clothing instead. The sprinkler will make a mess and you can extinguish the fire yourself." 
No, you can't. The Guardian Angel does have an alarm. But didn't you watch the fireman's video? That tree was fully engulfed in about 15 seconds. No way you can put that out unless you were actually standing there with a fire extinguisher the moment the fire started. If you were in a different room, it'll be too late. Although the firefighter has a bad idea. Water is not the right agent to use since it could be an electrical (class C) fire. I would opt for a dry chemical agent like ammonium phosphate, pressurized with Inergen or CO2. And yes, the poster above is right. The 1965 patent does essentially do the same thing, except for the alarm. It has now expired, so the only question is whether Chavez can get a new patent for adding an alarm to it. If I were a patent examiner, I wouldn't grant that.

Jun 14, 2007
by car (not verified)

I'm so bummed. It's bugged

I'm so bummed. It's bugged me all night wondering what this family brought. I was flipping back and forth between Last Comic Standing and American Inventor and missed what this dude's invention was. I came back in time only to see the judges comments and the family of inventors with some book-lookin thing. What's a hearing aid stablizer? And why would it be such a moving moment??