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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 Anonymous (not verified)

Quick Question

what happens to the leftover 50k that the final 12 get? do they just get to pocket it or... something else. And, could you(final 12) tell me some of the costs associated with creating the product? i.e. the design group costs, etc....

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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JOE YOU KNOW I'M A HEALTH

JOE YOU KNOW I'M A HEALTH NUT, AS SOON AS YOURS AND JENNY PURE FLUSH HITS THE MARKET I'M ON IT

May 7, 2006
by AllenD (not verified)

How many Eureka Cowboys on the Ranch?

Dear Doug,

Do you a have a permanent think tank of inventors residing
at the ranch?

If so, Do you need anymore inventors at Eureka Ranch?

Thanks,

Allen

May 7, 2006
by Sharon Clemens

Inventor vs. Invention

What if I don't have a sap story?

I didn't have a sad story. I've had a good life. I put a reasonable amount of money into my invention and getting my patent.

You don't need a sad life to have a good invention. Nor do you need one to get far in the show.

May 7, 2006
by amore (not verified)

all my inventor friends

It was a great journey and I would do it again.
I'll miss my Monday night dinners. Good luck to all!

May 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Erik. The show concentrated

Erik. The show concentrated on your home life and foreclosure. How are things with your gym and home now?

May 7, 2006
by bygeorge1 (not verified)

auditions

Doug, when the original auditions were done, did you and the other TV judges able to see them? did you all have any say as to who makes it to Hollywood, It seems to me that ABC blew this one by selecting sub par inventors and inventions for the show rather than real inventors with real inventions

May 7, 2006
by charley (not verified)

Jen+Joe: Good luck with the

Jen+Joe: Good luck with the product the seat looks great
did not see anything regarding the filters, could
you say something about them, thanks

May 7, 2006
by Doug Hall

My top 10 moments

In no particular order - here are some moments I'll always remember

• The Knoty Nighty -- I so wish I could have that one back and have the guys vote yes -and send Mary Lou into a fit of rage.

• Kyle -- you only saw a portion of it - but the conversation with his mom was very meaningful.

• Mr. Know It All -- it was the one time I cried -- i cried when they brought up the flag - cried laughing

• BOING - bouncing on the big inflatable with Peter

• Janusz, Sharon, Joe & Jenny -- everytime they came on

• The lady with the paper - it went on for 40 minutes -- it was hilarious

• The reaction -- especially from Eric after I gave my RANT to the inventors -- I was really annoyed.

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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I MUST SAY I HATED THE SOB

I MUST SAY I HATED THE SOB STORY ANGLE BUT I CAN'T CONTROL THAT, JUST WANTED TO FOCUS ON HOW WELL MY PRODUCT WORKED.

May 7, 2006
by Jen Safuto (not verified)

Sappy Stories

I feel that as long as you show your true passion and love for your product, you will go far.

May 7, 2006
by Pureflush

Pureflush Joe

Erik I miss that face of yours. I wish that America got to see how much fun we all had behind the scenes. The show focused on drama. I guess all the laughter will end up as an extra on the DVD release.

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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BOBBY HEY MAN! DUDE CALL ME

BOBBY HEY MAN! DUDE CALL ME

May 7, 2006
by Inbrellachick

still boo-hooin'

i'm still crying because I STILL DON'T HAVE A J-O-B!!! (teehee)

May 7, 2006
by Alexis

Leasing the Anecia

Leasing a carseat has never been done before (exact at car rental places) - do you think that would really catch on? Have you done and market research on that yet.

Even if the car seat was sold for $300, I think it would still sell like hotcakes. There are people spending $1000 on a stroller.

May 7, 2006
by Doug Hall

Misc Answers

Need more cowboys at the Ranch. Sorry no. We've got an awesome team -- and they've been around a long time.

Seeing original auditions -- no we didn't. They wanted the reactions FRESH on TV

Sharon - don't have him give up his day job just yet -- it will take a little time -- but it can and hopefully will happen

May 7, 2006
by Jason (not verified)

>>Upcoming shows: I can't

>>Upcoming shows: I can't comment.

Hmmm, so I guess it is review material :(

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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THINGS ARE JUST LIKE I LEFT

THINGS ARE JUST LIKE I LEFT THEM BAD! BUT THAT'S OK, ME AND MY FAMILY ARE FIGHTERS, BUT I MUST SAY THE SHOW HAS BOUGHT ME SOME TIME TO GET IT RIGHT.

May 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I WISH THEY HAD THE CONTESTANTS HELP EACH OTHER!

What if the top 12 each had to help each other make their inventions better, or develop marketing etc... that would have given us a glimpse of the behind the scenes.

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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SHERYL DON'T YOU WORRY,

SHERYL DON'T YOU WORRY, GOD'S GOT YOUR BACK AFTER THE SHOW YOUR GOING TO GET SOOOO MANY MANUFACTURES COMING AFTER YOU

May 7, 2006
by Pureflush

Pureflush Filters

I must say that our design team 3DID created an incredible packaging design for the filters but more importanly they made them FUNCTIONAL. Some with scents to cover odor but all to trap bacteria and viruses. A work of art.

May 7, 2006
by Joe's Daughter (Sarah) (not verified)

I'm very proud.

Hello all. This is Joe's(Pureflush)daughter, Sarah.I'm very proud of how far he's gotten and thats all the really matters. =] I just wanted to say hello to everyone and great job to all the inventors, even to those who didn't make it to the top 4. I wish you all luck in the future, maybe we'll get to meet sometime soon.

Yours Truly,
Sarah

May 7, 2006
by Inbrellachick

good idea... but if the show

good idea... but if the show has a next season, it would be helpful to actually show the process instead of all of the re-cap from the auditions... helping eachother would have been great but probably tough for us to intentionally sabotage eachother - with this group it may not have worked!

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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HEY DOUG DID YOU LIKE THE

HEY DOUG DID YOU LIKE THE AM"ERIC"AN IN AMERICAN INVENTOR PLUG

May 7, 2006
by Erik Thompson
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HELLO JOES'S DAUGHTHERS YOUR

HELLO JOES'S DAUGHTHERS YOUR DAD IS A GAS

May 7, 2006
by Michelle
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Site Back Up Now

Hi Everyone:

The popularity of Doug's live blogging exceeded out hosting services and basically crashed our system. Sorry about that.

We're back up...with limits on our system.

Some of you know we've been asking for donations from inventors to try to increase our hosting to the next level. Now, you know we really meant it when we said we can't survive without your support!

Please think about making a donation to our site, either by a check or to our paypal account. You just need to CONTACT US
and we can make the arrangements until we get our paypal donate feature up. Inventors, please help support the site by becoming a STAR Inventor. We really need your support.

Thanks,

Michelle

May 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

AWESOME, SORT OF!

I just checked in again, and you guys are up.

Wow... I guess it says something about web traffic when you can crash the system. How many people on did it take to crash the site?

May 7, 2006
by Joes Daughter (Sarah) (not verified)

We all thought..

We all thought it was something wrong with our computers. That we had gotten banned or something. Well, the blogging was fun while it lasted,eh?

May 7, 2006
by Think Outside T...
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FIRST OFF, DOUG SAYS GOODNIGHT, AND THANK YOU.

After the site crashed I got the calls... what happened?
Well, I guess success happened. And it happened about 5 minutes before Doug was going to sign off for the night.

He asked me to tell you all, he had a great time.
Stay tuned... we'll see what we can do about bringing you more good blogging action. Hopefully, with an upgraded server.

So to the question of what did it take to crash the server. Well, we had over 2000 people on the site at the same time. And that's the conservative estimate as of now. Pretty cool.

May 7, 2006
by Think Outside T...
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A QUESTION TO THE FINAL 12.

We're planning on a FINAL 12 LIVE BLOG NIGHT - that is, if you are interested. If we have your email, we'll contact you directly. If not, please contact us.
Just go to the homepage, and click on the contact tab in the navigation bar. Thanks.

And to everyone, thanks. Stop in often, spread the word, post the link on your sites if you have them, pass the link in forums, and do whatever you can.

As this show comes to a close, we're going to continue providing cool content that will hopefully make this a fun place to visit and the defacto place for inventors on the web.