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