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.
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?
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Inventor Spot Team