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March, 2006

American Inventor Recap - Did You Cry as Many Times as Mary Lou Boo Hoo?


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Were you drowning in all the tears?

I actually thought this Third Show for American Inventor was much better than the first two. What did you think? read more »

EPISODE 3 - A Complete Recap - West Coast Spoiler Warning!


EPISODE 3

First up:

Anthony Steffen – 44 – Small business owner

Invention: the perfect pet petter.
It automatically pets your dog. It's a kind of creepy robo arm thing.

Peter – thinks it’s ridiculous
Mary – it’s a freak out machine for a dog
Ed – No
Doug – no
TOTAL BUST.
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CALLING ALL NYC, SAN FRAN AND DENVER AUDITIONERS! GIVE US THE SCOOP - LIVE AS IT HAPPENS TONIGHT!


Personally, I auditioned for Liz Bronstein in NYC at the Armory Track & Field Center. Didn't make it to round 2. One of the guys before me on line, was the VERY FIRST guy on the very first show. You know the one. He had the body bag urinal thing. I can tell you, when he came out from his 2 minute audition, he looked miserable. But hey, he got a free trip to LA for his 2 minutes of, well, fame.

I'll be watching closely tonight to see who made it. Here's some of the things the web has been reporting over the last few months that MIGHT have made it.
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Don't Just Keep Hanging On!!


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One of the most important things for any successful person is the ability to take feedback. Can you stand to hear the truth? Or are you just hanging on to what you want to hear? read more »

Who's Watching American Inventor? Episode 103 airs Thursday, March 30 at 9/8C.


Here's how ABC's website describes episode 3: The nationwide search for America's next big invention continues with open casting calls in San Francisco, New York and Denver. Viewers will see inventions ranging from the hilarious to the tragic, and inventors from the passionate to the downright crazy.

Looks like one of the American Inventor shows' judges is not watching. A judge wrote into AI Spot and said that he could not watch the show because he was in Europe at the time. Hmmmm. Whose in Europe? Looks to me like even though Peter Jones is not watching the show he's visiting our website. Thanks for visiting Peter. Feel free to comment on anything you like. read more »

AI Show Judge Calls American Idol Show Cheesy!!


There's a new article out interviewing Doug Hall, one of the judges on the American Inventor show that has a great quote:

'Inventor' Expert Tells It Like It Is

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

When Simon Cowell went looking for a blunt, bold judge for his new "American Inventor" reality show on ABC, he found Cincinnati inventor Doug Hall.
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Giving Up My Two Front Teeth


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For inventors to be successful, they do not necessarily have to give up their two front teeth or their right arm in order to develop and market their products successfully.

You need to be as inventive in getting your idea out without too much risk to your livelihood and your pocketbook as you were in having the great idea in the first place. read more »

Is this the new Pet Rock?


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Sometimes, the success of a product really depends on the marketing of the product. A simple turn or a phrase can turn garbage into money.

To me, this looks like a wadded up piece of paper in a box, or basically, trash. But this site calls it an Origami Boulder.

Another silly addition to our new Wacky Products gallery. If you have any fun products you've found, please drop me a line so we can add it here. read more »

Do You Know Who Your Customer Is?


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For your product, you need to clarify who would be likely to buy you product and figure out how to make your product attractive to that audience. It's very helpful to put yourself in the shoes of who the buyer might be and craft your product and advertising pitch to make sure that type of buyer would be moved by your meesage to buy your product. read more »

Desperate to Try Something New?


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I was working on the Wacky Products Gallery and came upon this essential product to help men who would like to stretch themselves to become bigger men (heh!) :)

Talk about being desperate to grow. It's going to be a long journey.

If you go to Sillyjokes.co.uk you'll find out what the story is behind the long weight. If it was real, it'd be a great Wacky Product, no?

I'd love to see what some creative folks here could come up with as a good caption for this product.

HAVE YOU CHECKED OUT BOOM OR BUST LATELY?


All the things that made it through to the next round so far in the show are up for you to check out, vote on and comment on.
Word is, some of the judges actually check out this site. So let them know what you think about the inventions that moved forward AND VOTE in the BOOM OR BUST section.
I've only uploaded those inventions that moved forward either by being judged, or the quick cuts of "on to the next round" clips we saw.
Enjoy.
And feel free to check out the FORUM SECTION for lively discussion on all the episodes, inventions and whatnot. read more »

What Can You Learn From Wacky Products?


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I have been invited by Think Outside the Circle to become a fellow blogger on InventorSpot.com. So let me introduce myself. I am your new “hope to be your favorite” blogger Amused and Bemused. I will be dropping in here whenever the whim hits me to share my latest amusing, bemusing and wonderful discoveries with you.

With my joining the site, we are going to start building a Wacky Products section to our site later this week. If you have any recommendations, please post them in the comments here.

I just can’t believe some of the stuff that people come up with. read more »

EPISODE 2 - THE SECOND HALF - SPOILER WARNING!


Los Angeles – Second half hour

Sharon Clemmins – 63 retired sales associate
Invention: the public bathroom door lock

A little plastic sleeve that slips over the public bathroom door to keep it locked when it’s broken. She said 30 percent of the time the doors are broken.

Doing it for her husband so he can retire.

Mary - Yes.
Ed – Yes
Doug – doesn’t like gadgets but likes the cleverness - Yes
Peter – yes

BOOM - THRU TO THE NEXT ROUND.



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EPISODE 2 - AI - THE FIRST 20 MINUTES. WEST COAST SPOILER. STOP READING NOW!


An update of the first 30 minutes so far - EAST COAST.

Chicago Auditions

First up.
Brian Conant, 47 – Post Office Supervisor

Flatulance Deoderizer – 3 ply deodorizer eliminating the smell of gas.

"The future of personal hygene"

His wife had a smelly episode that inspired the invention.

“They looked at it like a joke” he said. - yup.

TOTAL BUST.

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Do you think we'll see tonight's ideas end up in Kmart or Target? Or are they headed for the deadidea bin?


Just wanted to get people thinking about what makes for a good idea. The stated goal of AI is to find a product they can mass market. Something that the world needs and wants, but does not yet exist.

We had lots and lots of emails from people commenting on how certain products should have moved forward from Episode 101. One example: the kids doggie window fan. So to put this topic to bed, once and for all. And to bring up an interesting question for this show in general here's something to think about.



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WHO'S WATCHING? AMERICAN INVENTOR - EPISODE 102 AIRS THURSDAY, MARCH 23 AT 9/8C. WILL IT BE AS BIG AS LAST WEEK?


This is ABC's website descrption of episode 2: The nationwide search for America's next big invention continues with open casting calls in San Francisco and Chicago. Viewers will see inventors pitch their ideas and products to our panel of expert judges to see if their dreams will be realized. Tension mounts as the judges engage in a heated argument over who should continue to the next level.

AI had such an great turnout last week even though it received mixed reviews. Are you planning on tuning in to watch episode 2? read more »

AMERICAN INVENTOR - EPISODE ONE! IT'S FINALLY HERE.


Anyone and everyone that's wants to know what's going on, this is the place. But warning, if you're on the WEST COAST don't read further. A things will be given away.

And make sure to visit BOOM OR BUST, to vote on this weeks AI inventions. read more »

WELCOME TO THE NEW HOME OF AIREALITYTV.BLOGSPOT.COM


Below you'll find the entire running blog with comments dating back to Thursday, January 12, 2006. This was just after many auditioners for American Inventor from ABC had found out if that they made it to the next round of auditions in LA.

To all our old friends, and all the new ones, keep the comments coming. Enjoy. This is more your blog than mine. read more »

AMERICAN INVENTOR TWO HOUR PREMIERE SPECIAL - March 16th 8-10pm


From the Producers of American Idol... American Inventor, an exciting series from Simon Cowell and the producers of American Idol about the biggest search ever for America's best new invention, will premiere with a two-hour special, THURSDAY, MARCH 16, from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET, and then move to 9:00 p.m., ET on Thursdays thereafter.

American Inventor, the embodiment of the ultimate American dream, will uncover the hottest new product and make one struggling inventor's dream come true. With one million dollars at stake, American Inventor will celebrate the best in homespun American ingenuity.
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