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ABC's American Inventor - Episode 4 Season 2 Live Blog and Show Recap

Part 4:

NYC has been a total disaster. Why can't my city represent? This is sort of embarrassing.

Until...


David Mallet - The Wingman - This pocket device made to sync up with other user devices and fine a potential mate could only work if something like 80% of singles out there had one, and chances are slim to none that this will catch on that quickly. And do we really need another device in our pockets along with iPods, cellphones, PDAs, etc.? If this was a program that was integratable I would be all for it. But, hey, the judges see some potential so I guess we'll see what happens. Maybe he will adapt it as necessary.

Doug Vetter
- Trash Can LId Cleaner - Though it didn't get much screen time, it seems like it could work and would be marketable.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



Kristie Miles - Vibrating Car Seat Cover - Anything to keep crying babies QUIET, ugh.


David Moeller and Craig Forest - The Claw - These guys sure have the collegiate credentials. I don't know, I like their invention. I for one hate those stupid hanging hooks and The Claw is already completely functional. It could also be used for a lot of other things I would think, so I'm down like a clown Charlie Brown.

Part 5:


Ann Marie Bryan - The Ready to Wear Speaker Gear - Her intentions are surely pure, and I think she has an interesting point that people who aren't handicapped wouldn't necessarily think about. It doesn't really reach out to a huge market, but I think it's something that deserves a chance. How can you deny someone who wants to give the gift of music to people who can't hear it? Thankfully, the judges agree. Everyone watching the show with me wants her to go all the way. I kind of agree...

Part 6:

And now we pick our finalists from Chicago and New York....

New York: David Mallet, Craig Forest & David Moeller and Ann Marie Bryan.

Chicago: Elmer George, Wesley Caudill and Elaine Cato

And our winners are....David Moeller & Craig Forest from New York! and Elaine Cato from Chicago!



I'm happy with these two American Inventor finalists, even though I was rooting for Ann Marie Bryan. But, they had to go with what was most marketable and really couldn't be biased based on emotion. I knew Elaine Cato was going through. Her design and concept was well thought and functional. And I see tons of women buying it. My busty roommate herself saw it and said she wanted one.

So this wraps up New York and Chicago and, though I was skeptical in the beginning, I see some true potential coming from these cities. They will definitely give San Francisco and Los Angeles some competition once the show really gets going. Keep the comments rolling. I know we don't have anything as amazing as Cougar Man or whatever it was, but there is still plenty to talk about on this weeks episode of American Inventor. Thanks everyone!

Seth Plattner
Featured Blogger
Inventor Spot Team

Comments
Jun 27, 2007
by Michelle
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Hi Everyone: I hope tonights

Hi Everyone:

I hope tonights whos is better than last week...as last week was really lame.

 

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

The advertisements on TV

are for "The Urinator"--so they are still pissing around with stupid "inventions".

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Peter

"I'm going to urinate in a funnel?"  Ha ha

Jun 27, 2007
by Contextion
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you must come up with a

you must come up with a toliet ide to get on the show I guess!

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

recap

a funnel, a headband, and a Carrot Top impersonator?

Jun 27, 2007
by Contextion
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the ballon ear plugs should

the ballon ear plugs should be filled with a media which will reduce the sound heard

Jun 27, 2007
by Contextion
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dont they already have

dont they already have strapless bras?

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

It isn't a "strapless" bra

it is a "backless" bra with straps that go around the arms.  (Sounds uncomfortable?)

Jun 27, 2007
by Michelle
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I think that's already on

I think that's already on the market

Jun 27, 2007
by Contextion
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The headband guy had a good

The headband guy had a good idea but he needed to have a better prototype than just a headband. Only if he could have shown that it would actually work

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

OH, NO!

I see a chomode......

Jun 27, 2007
by Contextion
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I thought there was an

I thought there was an inflatable playpin for kids which won tonight.

Jun 27, 2007
by Alexis

Does George ever say no? 

Does George ever say no? 

Jun 27, 2007
by Alexis

Backless Bra

I don't think I've ever seen a completely backless bra. I've see one that the back straps are around the waist so when you wear a low back dress you can't see the straps. I could be wrong.  anyone seen a completely backless bra?

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

I've seen

a completely backless and frontless bra:  it is called going "braless".

Jun 27, 2007
by Contextion
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gps stalking - lol

gps stalking - lol

Jun 27, 2007
by Michelle
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well, they also have the

well, they also have the pasties...so no back or sides

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Those Guys With The Claw Were Really Happy...

I mean Gay.

Jun 27, 2007
by Alexis

Peter is a little too rich

Peter is a little too rich for his own good.  I  can't belive he doesn't realiz how hard it is to lift a bicycle onto one of those hooks. 

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

gps?

what did I miss?  what does that mean?  (Sorry, I am ignorant.)

Jun 27, 2007
by Alexis

Have you ever tried pasties?

not the most comfortable or supportive  things for a lot of woman.   

Jun 27, 2007
by Contextion
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so you think you can dance -

so you think you can dance - without hearing the music?

Jun 27, 2007
by Michelle
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GPS - global positioning

GPS - global positioning system

Jun 27, 2007
by bottleslingguy
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I think the speaker vest is

I think the speaker vest is awesome. Imagine it replacing hearing aides? The Wingman might be on to something, but it might not pass the "cool" factor. I can't believe the bike rack won (like Peter said it's over invented). A conventional hook is simple and not complicated, the other one can fail to work (worn out spring/catch) and drop a bike. And the bra is not unique. I don't get it.

Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Jun 27, 2007
by BabyWedge (not verified)

Finally a kid finalist

Finally  a kid becomes a finalist and they blow it off!  Yeah, just because he is my kid.....no matter, we are so proud of how far he went!  As we told him going in, this is a TV show first.....the worst that they can say is No! 

Jun 27, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Just when I thought it couldn't get any worse

The pre-judges continue with their fixation with toilet-related gadgets. Hello! There are already several pedal-operated seat raisers. The Wingman - nothing new. They've had something like that in Japan for years now. Jeez, Peter, you're supposed to know your field. The Claw - absolutely overengineered. Want something better and cheaper? Get a Delta Leonardo Wall Mount Bike Rack (Google it yourself; Inventorspot won't allow hyperlinks). You don't have to lift the bike. Just roll it up, tilt it onto its rear wheel, and hook the front wheel on the wall. A child could do it. And only $15. Want something a bit more complex? The Bike Hoist has a pulley system that can lift the bike up to the ceiling without much effort. It's been on the market for well over a decade. George Foreman is an unmitigated joke as a "judge." What the hell were they thinking when they hired him? Just toss him off the show and make it two out of three instead of three out of four and you'd get the same result. Oh, and Seth, to quote Perry White in Superman: The Movie, "There's no Z in brassiere."

Jun 27, 2007
by bobbyAmore tonerbelt (not verified)

NYC audition tonight

They had to pick the bike claws because of the price of developnent. Peter know the bluetooth would work but the cost to build in a few weeks will never happen. You only get to spend around $39,000 of the 50 grand. I know from being a semi-finalist last year!

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Disappointed

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Disappointed (Got cut off)

I'd like to see something NEW/DIFFERENT, not just a modification/adapation of an existing product.  They are obviously going for mass production of the winning product, but I don't think that should be the determining factor.  Maybe next week there will be something unique.

Jun 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Speaker Vest

I thought I saw or read something about a device that enables the deaf (or "hearing impaired") to feel vibrations of music.  If so, and not surprisingly, this would be another "invention" that has already been invented.