Welcome back to the blog after a rerun week of ABC's American Inventor. Tonight we are back live and, after rousing rounds in Los Angelese, San Francisco, New York and Chicago, we continue tonight's search for the next greatest invention in Houston, Texas and Tampa, Florida. Though I think we've seen some strong contenders so far, maybe they are saving the best for last and tonight we will see some really great stuff. But, even if we don't, at least we will get a kick out of who think they have some really great stuff. The show is starting shortly. Get comfortable.
Sorry everyone. A news bulletin came on just as the show started and I missed the first part. I mean, I'm happy one of the cop shooters got caught, but I need to blog here...
Marsia Tucci - Mattress Breast Softener? - Nice to see that she is looking out for the plastic surgery addicts. I think that a mattress made for the ladies with large, augmented breasts is looking to fix a problem most women should be aware of before they go under the knife. But, uh, yeah...
Rodney Skinner - Quicky Mouth Cleaner - Gotta be able to pitch a product before you can expect American to buy it, which this guy had some problems with from the get-go. But, I sort of see where this guy is coming from: our tongues are pretty amazing and if his tongue toothbrush that attaches to the tip of the tongue was tweaked to be digestable or something it could work. That's me though. The judges clearly thought otherwise.
Benjamin Hausbach - Safe Tan - A pill that you take to make you more tan has already been invented. When this show was filmed they may not have know that, but I read in the New York Times (I think) that there is a pill you can take that will activate the melanin in your skin to become tan. Now, as for making your skin other colors, I just don't know about that. He'd have to provide a lot more science to sell me.
Let's see what Tampa has to offer...
Fernie and Rand Eubanks -Easy Mower - Aw, he's cute with his southern drawl. These guys got the charisma, I'll say that. Basically we have a lawnmower you steer like a car with pivot wheels on the front and back. It seems to work really well though for being something so prototypical. I think Peter is right about mass marketability and its ability to compete with other inventions, but Fernie has the charm to sell millions.
This little segment featuring the "I've-got-my-life-on-the-line" was pretty effective, especially since we saw some great inventions.
Mike Kelly -The Revolutionizer - Women will love something like this because, as a gym rat myself, I know how difficult and greuling it can be to work the inner and outer thighs. But this machine designed specifically for it is well planned.
Glenda and Richard Jackson- Dryer Shoe Holder - This is amazing! Seriously, everyone is annoyed by that ratteling in the dryer when you put your shoes through the spin cycle, so an invention that holds your shoes in place in the dryer with a poweful magnet is quite innovative. I wonder if it helps them dry any quicker?
Richard McFee- Pop-Up Party Table- If you know anyone who loves going to or planning parties, this is great. My sister-in-law would be all over something like this. My mom would too probably, seeing how she just loves to entertain by the pool. And if you don't want to pop up the middle of the table to use it for a party, it's prefectly suitable for a game of Texas Hold Em.
Back to Houston...
Mike and Joe Miller - Wrap Away - I could see somewhere like Bed, Bath & Beyond going for a cabinet insert that organizes all your wraps (saran and such) so that they aren't messy and easily cutable. And that they made one that sits in a drawer and goes under a cabinet as well shows that they are covering their bases. Glad that their $20,000 for the patent got them somewhere. And we have our first yes from Texas! Whew!
Michael Osayi - Scrambles 10 - This isn't so much an invention as just a new board game, pretty much based on Scrabble but with numbers on the tiles that you add up somehow. This is something he should be pitching to Milton Bradley, not American Inventor, because it isn't something that new. But I'm glad Pat gave him the advice to seek legal help, because he could get into some serious copyright issue.
Finally back to Tampa for a few more potentials....or not.
Patricia Gentile - Pet Jacuzzi - I want that dog. Just had to say that. But I know too many dogs that would hate a pet jacuzzi that traps them in a plastic container that goes in your bathtub (where the nozzle becomes the jacuzzi jets). My dogs would go crazy. But ya gotta love this cute old lady with a dream.
Khaled Abusaif - Carzoogler (?) - I like the idea of a visual marker that locates your car, but this invention just looks to silly for anyone to actually take it seriously. A giant colored spring that pops up? Try putting this on a BWM or something....yeah, not so much. But OF COURSE George likes it. Seriously, Paula Abdul over here.
Carlos Reid - Redbuilding Blocks - This might be the most planning we've seen behind an invention, and these plastic building blocks--like big legos--are pretty amazing. Because you can cover the blocks with siding and what not, it make sense because it won't be aesthetically displeasing. And more than that it will be cheap and might even revolutionize making housing communities for those who can't necessarily afford it. And man is he tugging on my heart strings! Peter really had no choice but to give him a chance, right?
Well, I guess Houston and Tampa will be concluded next week, but we certainly saw some potential winners tonight. My favorites? Carlos Reid and his revolutionary building blocks and, honestly, the Dryer Shoe Holder (hehe). Tampa proved quite fertile tonight with inventors, so maybe the streak will continue next week. But, who knows, we might have seen the best already, and Houston could bring out the big ole Texan guns and surprise us.
Inventor Spot Team