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American Inventor Judge DOUG HALL BLOGGED LIVE! - Anecia Car Seat Survival Capsule – Q&A

doughallphotoMy choice for the final four is The Anecia Survival Capsule. It’s the invention of Janusz Liberkowski This invention is a true “new to the world” concept. As such it has generated a lot of technical debate and discussion. I do not presume to know all of the answers. However the following are my personal perceptions and opinions. They are not the opinions of Janusz, Freemantle, the producers, ABC or anyone else.

ANECIASIDEVIEW
1. How does the Anecia Survivor Capsule work?

When a car crashes there are two collisions. The first is when the car hits the other car or obstacle. The second is when the baby hits the seat belt or when the baby’s head get’s shaken and snapped in the direction of the impact, at the same speed that the car was going before the crash. In general, the most severe injuries including fatalities are to the head. The whipping action of the child’s head, and the forces on the head and neck structure during any impact are the main cause of the children fatality.

In the crash test that was run it was calculated that at 30 miles an hour the force on the baby’s neck is 74 lbs for a classic car seat and just 8 lbs for the Anecia Surival Capsule. At 60 miles an hour the force on the baby’s neck is 147 lbs for a classic car seat and just 9 lbs for the Anecia Surival Capsule.

Classic car seats are designed to try and “hold” the child. With no ability to "hold" the child’s head. With a classic rear facing seat this works if the crash is directly from the front and the seat is on very, very tight. In this case the seat (and safety belts) absorbs the impact against the child’s back. The child’s back, in this case, is supported under small angle to the impact vector force. The head of a child (after impact) is in motion (with big energy) "up hill" of this angle. This motion causes loadings on the child’s delicate neck structure.

Alternatively, Anecia Survival Capsule by positioning the child vertically, supports the head, absorbs the energy of the impact and lowers tremendously chance of injury or death.

Research indicates that – 75% of the time parents do not put their babies in the seats properly i.e. the seat not tight enough into the car and the straps not tight enough on the baby. The result is a second collision that can cause massive damage. In the case of an accident that is from any angle other then directly from the front – the child and in particular the child’s head – becomes a bouncing ping pong ball. The Anecia Survival Capsule protects the baby from crashes from all directions. When the force hits the baby instantly shifts. The force is absorbed, as the baby is rotated perpendicular to the impact force. And, most importantly, if the car spins, bounces or is hit more than once the seat automatically adapts in less than .005 seconds to align the baby and protect the baby. No matter what direction the hit is from the baby’s head and neck are always supported.

2. How do we know that it will really work?

We have had a USC PhD Biomedical scientist and an expert with Masters in Physics and Computer Science model the seat’s physics on a theoretical basis relative to the dynamics of a baby’s body. They concluded that the theory is sound. In particular they found that the speed of reaction in a crash is fast enough to protect the baby from the damaging forces that can be caused by the sudden jolts. The experimental results detailed earlier confirmed the findings.

3. Is the Anecia Survival Capsule too big?

The Anecia is not as big as it looks when they do close ups on TV. It’s only about 20% larger than a classic baby seat. It looks big because of the protective sides and the fact that the baby is lying down instead of being propped up. The seat is actually a series of pieces – the base unit is attached to the existing seat belt system. The dome capsule snaps into that. The cradle for the baby is removable – making it easy to lift the baby in and out – and to attach to an optional stroller frame. The Capsule is the size it is to insure Maximum Safety. It could easily be made smaller – however the current design PROTECTS THE ENTIRE FOOTPRINT – so to insure that in the event of a crash there is nothing to stop rotation and cause sudden jolts or impacts. The ultimate design of the seat will fit 95% of the cars registered in the USA. It’s anticipated that the first generation of seats will be for infants up to 7 months of age. This is the age when it is most important to protect the delicate head and neck of infants.

4. What will it cost?

Current deluxe infant seats cost about $250. It’s estimated that The Anecia will be about $295. Given the short time that the seat is used (up to age 7 months) – a marketing strategy is being looked at to build a special version for use as a rental. Parents could rent the Anecia for the 7 months – saving money and peace of mind.

5. What about this product called "the SafetyEgg" isn’t it the same thing?

The egg uses the same dynamics of dissipating momentum as Anecia. However, in my opinion it falls short as it only protects in two dimensions – front to back and side to side. This is fine if your accident is a direct hit from these directions – AND if the car doesn’t SPIN when it’s hit. While I’ve never been in a crash in the Safety Egg – I think that it would be like the feeling when on a roller coaster and the direction is suddenly changed – as the seat went from one direction to the next the shock on the body could be tremendous. The SafetyEgg movement is limited by the sets of two perpendicular hinges. The Anecia Survival Capsule is free floating hemisphere seat inside of the hemisphere protecting shell. The beauty of Anecia is that it works in 360 degrees – with no limitations. No matter what direction the car is hit from, or how the car spins the seat will dissipate the force of the collision. IN ADDITION – the SafetyEgg’s smaller size increases the potential for danger i.e. if the seat were to get caught or hit something as it spun the benefits of the seat would be compromised. Alternatively, the Anecia protects the footprint creating a complete safety zone.

Comments
May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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your so welcome dear, I'm

your so welcome dear, I'm glad to see your getting the responds, you deserve it. I GO MAKE THAT MONEY GIRL! HAHA

May 7, 2006
by Doug Hall

Research on similar inventions

To get to the final 50 they did some searches to find patent blocks -- however the judges were not in agreement about products that were similar.

Some judges felt that was not an issue -- I was not one of those judges.

May 7, 2006
by Sharon Clemens

Hi Doug!

it was Sharon that I staked my reputation on - and at that time we thought all the judges would be voting

I was hoping this would come out on the show - but even though it didn't it is SUCH an honor that you fought for me and that you felt this way. It really bolstered my confidence and helped me do what I needed to do through the challenging process we all faced. You are the consummate cheerleader - totally inspiring - and I am your biggest fan!

May 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

YES

Hi Doug,

I am not sure if the YES comment was to my question abt winning an invention contest and TIME magazine, but if it was I wanted to
tell u so much b/c i am so proud of my awards but the producers told me i can not tell u anything abt my award or TIME magazine and
i feel if i did i would have made it to the finals.

May 7, 2006
by Amarsir

Catchvest Question

Hey Erik, glad you're here. Got a question for you specifically. Would you expect the vest to come in different sizes or be adjustable to different ages/heights?

May 7, 2006
by Elijah

Yes

Doug:

Can you say anything positive about the receiver pole, the D-trac bike, and WordAce? I trying to decide who to vote for. Thanks

May 7, 2006
by Doug Hall

Licensing Deals

I'm not familiar with the status. I've made a few informal inquiries -- but it's not my responsibility.

May 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

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May 7, 2006
by Linda Shayne (not verified)

FINAL EPISODES

I worked with T2 Design (not on the Headliner) but on the Niya Doll's music and electronics. Although people have a difficult time thinking of a doll as an invention, it is a very commercial product. Are you and the show's producers going to reveal any manufacturing deals during the final episodes? Are you and the other judges helping the inventors secure licensing deals?
Linda Shayne

May 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I was told not to say

I was told not to say anything about my credits by the producers as well (but I did anyway) because I got nervous and all kinds of things flew out of my mouth!

May 7, 2006
by Doug Hall

Thank You Sharon

You're an inspiration to us all.

May 7, 2006
by Inbrellachick

Inbrella

i am aware of andy wana's design and can assure you my design is nothing like his - my idea came to me simply out of frustration from scratching my car and getting wet... there are endless possibilities for many umbrella designs... my design is still in development and will be on store shelves in the very near future...

May 7, 2006
by Elijah

Size of Anecia

If we vote for safety when can we purchase the car seat?

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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CHECK BEFORE YOU INVENT

I learned along time ago to check to see if a product was currently on the market, you waste valueable time and money if don't and someone else has your idea. when i created the catch vest I must of check over 200 website plus a several patent searches.

May 7, 2006
by Doug Hall

Be responsible for yourself

If you go on the show -- it's your 2 minutes.

Don't listen to the producers.

They don't know how to sell you and your product.

Now that you've seen the judges -- design your pitch next year -- if there is a next year -- to address the individual needs of at least 3 judges.

May 7, 2006
by Doug Hall

Thank you Eric

Thank you to Eric for having integrity.

I respect the fact that you have a real invention.

May 7, 2006
by Sharon Clemens

Hi Sheryl!

Without you, the stay would have been so difficult! Your Inbrella will sell and I will buy it. I hope our families can get together soon.

May 7, 2006
by Aries

patent searches

so did you run patent searches before you picked the final 12 to make sure there was no direct conflict?

May 7, 2006
by Pureflush

Joe and Jenny on the Inventor-vs- design team(s)

Many have commented on the "rant" that occurred on the last episode. With all current respect to my design team the "battle" was about violating other inventors patent claims and maintaining functionality of Pureflush.
I could only design within my alternate embodiments. The design team wanted to add too many bells and whistles (magnets, flower patterns, etc). My goal was to end up with a functional product that would not look gimmicky.
After 8 meetings the design team was still pushing to add stuff that was gimmicky looking and non-functional. The editing made it look like I did not want improvement. That couldn't be further from the truth.
Jen and I worked and reworked pureflush over 5 years. The design team were so good that they went overboard too many times. They were so excited about the toilet seat that they "overlooked" the simplicity of the design.
The fight was caused by them delivering to us a seat that we did not authorize. After 8 meetings and then still not being listened to Jen and I got fed up with nonsense.
The final product came out FANTASTIC. Functional and beautiful. No bells and whistles.

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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IT WILL BE ADJUSTALBE AND

IT WILL BE ADJUSTALBE AND FOR ADULTS,

May 7, 2006
by Doug Hall

What are the Magic Moments

I'd be interested to know what were the "magic moments' that will stay with you -- from the show.

Moments of joy, frustration, laughter....and even tears

May 7, 2006
by Amarsir

Of the "30 days"

Of the "30 days to develop the product", how much of that was really available? Was it a few weekend consultations with the design team progressing in the meantime? Did it vary by contestant?

May 7, 2006
by Inbrellachick

back at ya... you know i

back at ya... you know i love you (like a mom) and you were not only an inspiration but a true friend-in-speculation... smooches...

May 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Regarding the license

Regarding the license agreement with the inventors, the show has the option for 1 year, is there a monetary figure+ royalty amount
given

May 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Invention contest

Hi Doug,

I just wanted to say thanks for answering my questions, u are a very nice person even though i did not think
so when i auditioned. I wish i would have mentioned my awards that day but have no regrets b/c i feel if i did not make
it than it was not meant to be.

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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HEY SHERYL WASSUP GIRL, I

HEY SHERYL WASSUP GIRL, I MISS YOU

May 7, 2006
by Doug Hall

Joe & Jenny

I felt that the "rant" that was shown -- had great integrity. You were fighting for functional dimensions.

And -- your connecting with them the next day was great.

It was real -- genuine -- and honest.

You have nothing to apologize for.

You and your invention are wonderful!

May 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

2 OF THE FINALISTS ARE DAMN LUCKY TO STILL BE IN IT!

Here's my POV. If America was voting earlier, the final 4 would NOT look like it does now. So if you made it to the final 4, be grateful. If the product you like made it, be grateful. And stop whining that Doug likes one thing better than the other. Try to get the other judges over here or wherever to talk the idea you like.

Personally, I loved the Solar Cooler. And believe THE ANCECIA should win.

After that, I think the PUREFLUSH was great - and a REAL invention. As in, haven't seen it before, novel idea, solves a problem, and couldn't find it in a google search.

Inbrella - cool. But out there. Dtrect - cool, but somewhat out there.

Ok... you get my point.

May 7, 2006
by Aries

Design Teams

Did the inventors get to pick their own design team? did they get a list to choose from? basically, how did it end up that certain design teams were chosen (sometimes twice)

May 7, 2006
by Jen Safuto (not verified)

Hey everybody

Hey Everyone,
Jen here. I just wanted to say it was an honor to get to work with and get to know you.
My love to you