American Inventor - Episode 9 (Hour 2) Doug Hall Decides The Fate of Who Moves On! The Winner Is ....
Joseph and Jennifer Safuto – Inventor of the Flushpure toilet seat. Every time you flush the toilet microparticles of bacteria fly all over the place. Despite their last round of horrible presentation they moved on to this round.
Sharon Clemens 63, – Inventor of the Restroom Door Clip. Mother of grandmother of 2, from Huntington, CA. 30% of restroom doors are broken. The judges couldn’t deny, this could be something that sells millions and millions of units.
Janusz Liberkowski - Spherical Safety Seat. Immigrated to the US in the 80s. Live in Northern California with their twins. (What’s up with everyone being from California?) He spent 5 years developing this product. He says, every day 3 kids die in a car accident. And his passion helped move him into this round. In order to do this, he had to choose to quit his job.
So… what did they do with the 50G? Doug tells Sharon Clemens she should create a bathroom survival kit. She puts it into focus groups. Hears it’s weak, and should be a part of a package.
Patton Design group sketches out some ideas. 2 days after her initial meeting she calls Doug up from Patton design and decides she’s going to use someone else.
Next up Janusz – Doug says he should find the best tech geek to say his invention will really work. And needs to develop a name to define a whole new category. Oh yeah, he also says that with 50G and 30 days, he has an IMPOSSIBLE task. Janusz (prounounced yan-ush) First up, focus groups. Cosmetically they say it sucks. One person likes it, that’s it. They say it won’t fit in a car/truck. Meets with Patton design. He makes 2 designs. A test device, and a drawing design.
Next, Safutos. He wants photographs. He thinks Jenny should be the presenter. No more tricks. The focus group doesn’t think the filter would work. Some don’t think they would want it in their bathroom. 3D ID They say they can make it cheaper and better. Joesph said their job isn’t to make it better, it’s just to take their dream come to life. When they see the first prototype, Joesph goes off. And I mean BAM. He throws down the prototype, which probably cost him 10G. To his point, they didn’t follow his instruction.
Sharon lines up a new design company. The design team a day later shows her something in an eyeglass case design. She likes it. She says she has had major personal changes that have made her feel there is nothing she can do.
Janusz sees the test device. And he’s not happy. He says they’ll test their protoype and his design and sees which is better. He said he will remember this time for the rest of his days.
Joseph comes back and apologizes to 3D ID. They hire a pitch coach to help them with their presentation. Jenny is going to take more of an active role. (Funny anecdote, in the NYC auditions, I saw these guys. They flew in from LA because they missed the West Coast audition. Joseph clearly was the center of the stage there. Jenny was dubbed “the assistant”. Glad to see the roles are becoming a little more even, maybe.
Now they face the 4 judges. First up, Joe and Jenny Saphuto. Jenny is involved this time. They say the 50G wasn’t wasted. They show a shot of how the bacteria shoots out when the toilet is open AND how it shoots out the sides and top when it’s closed. (Totally disgusting, I’m moving my toothbrushes) Same exact flush. Same exact flush, but with the PureFlush. It was tested in a Bachelor Pad in Malibu, they hired a biological testing lab that tested bacteria in a room with a normal toilet seat. The tester comes back 24 hours later to test the bathroom. The first round of samples had bacterial growth. 24 hours later, they tested it with the seat down, and there was no bacterial growth. (Of course, they bleached it down, so that might have helped prevent growth, it’s hard to say.) Ed doesn’t think the fear of the alien germ is going to do it. Doug and Peter say it’s a real “invention” it solves a “real” problem.
Now it’s Sharon Clemens turn. She presents her Restroom Survival Kit. In it you’ll find two stall stoppers, a flushable whipe, antibacterial hand wipes She shows her test. Some good, some bad, 52% of 100 woman said they’d buy it. They all seem to like it. She says it’s a $254 million dollar market.
Now’s Janusz is up. He says it’s a beautiful design. He shows his test in a lab. He used his test device in the crash vehicle so as not to destroy his prototype. The test results show that his product will save lives. He says there’s nothing on the market that can save a child’s life at 60 miles an hour except his new invention. He names the product “anecia” survival capsule. That was his daughter’s name who passed away 7 years ago.
DOUG says he loves all three of his inventors ideas. It’s going to be tough. With each one of the three there are challenges, and he says the people are great people, and can only imagine what they’re going through.
First Doug says Sharon was great, way beyond his expectations. But is it good enough, I don’t know.
Next Doug said Joe was awesome today, way beyond his expectations. (Didn’t I just hear that?) Needs to connect the dots from the mist to what does it mean for people.
Next he says Janusz made incredible progress. But there are real technical unknowns. Doug’s decision is Sharon will not be moving forward. BUST. But she’s proud of herself.
Next Janusz. Doug can predict the future. The whole project is going to come to a screeching halt, and Janusz will find a way to make it move forward. Doug wishes it could be a tie. But he can’t. PureFlush doesn’t move forward. BUST. (But I bet he’s going to get a sweat licensing deal.) DOUG says it’s with great honor that he moves Janusz through to the final 4. BOOM!
Now it’s time to go home. Cue sappy music. “Somewhere over the rainbow…” Joe and Jenny cry a bit – but head home to his kids. Lot’s of hugs. Now Sharon heads home to her family. Her husband loved the fact that she was doing it so he could retire. (I bet that thing will be selling in CVS real soon for $3 – and a $2.50 profit.) Janusz heads home to a huge group of friends and family. He shouts he made it. Lot’s of hugs and kisses. Closing shot of him going to the cemetery, for the 7th year anniversary of his daughter’s death. This is for her.
NEXT WEEK AMERICA IS THE JUDGE. WE GET TO VOTE ON… Eric Thompson with THE CATCH. Francisco Patino with the Dtract Bike Ed Hall with the WordAce Janoush with the Anecia AND HERE ARE THE RESULTS – ANECIA WINS – hands down! At least that’s the way it’s looking based on our own results in the BOOM OR BUST SECTION so make sure to vote. Go ahead and vote if you haven’t already. What are you waiting for?