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American Inventor Show - EPISODE 4 - RECAP: What Did You Think?

I am going to be filling in for Always Thinking (that’s what I call thinkoutsidethecirlce). He’s burning the midnight oil at work and can not escape his day (and sometimes night) job. So let’s get down to business.

Joey Magiapane, 67 - Truck Driver Invention: Dial a Cup It’s a multifaceted beverage system that makes coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and even soup. Has a rotating cylinder that turns to your favorite beverage. It has six permanent filters. He got the idea after he tried to get a fresh cup of coffee in the middle of the night at an all night deli and couldn’t. 10 minutes later, he gets a vision of two guys running down the street with a revolver shooting at each other. Inside the revolver, is a cylinder. That’s exactly what the filter looks like in the machine. He spent $2,000 on the idea. Doug – allows everyday guy to use his own coffee, yes. Mary Lou – yes. Peter – can’t find a reason to say no, yes. Ed – you got me … you got four – yes. BOOM

Donald Anderson, 77 – Retired Engineer Invention: Toilet odor remover (my description) He’s got a prototype of a toilet that would enable you to remove the odor that is in the toilet bowl. Doug - blown away from the technology, yes. Peter - does not have this problem at home, no. Ed – in the real world you use a match, no Mary Lou – no. Doug apologizes for lack of vision in his fellow judges. BUST

Angela McCray , 38 - Stockkeeper Invention: Centerpiece She comes in as the human centerpiece. The centerpieces looks like a Christmas tree and so does she. Poor thing. She’s so nervous, that she has to start her presentation over again and again and again. The judges cut her off and vote. Peter – No. Ed – No. Doug – No. BUST

A Series of BUSTS:

Hula hoop guy – can’t get it to work. BUST

Under- under- garmet – spent $300,000. Looks like a tripped t-shirt. BUST

What was she thinking! Texas sushi. BUST

Shock absorber built into a woman’s high heels. BUST

Steven Petrick, 61 – Handyman Invention: Hollywood Remote Leash It’s a leash for your remote. It’s exactly what you would imagine. It’s a leash that connects to your remote. You can never lose it. Except that the industrial adhesive doesn’t seem to work. It can cost $34 a yard to make. Peter –No. Mary Lou – no. Ed – no, he wouldn't want that in his house. BUST

Robert Chavez, 45 – Heavy Equipment Operator Invention: Car Armor It’s a material that goes over the front of the car. No matter what you do to it, it does not get dented. He smacks the car armor with a tire wrench. For when you tow a car so things don’t get kicked up. Spent $15,000 - $20,000. Mary Lou – remarkable invention, yes. Ed - love your passion - incredible invention, yes. Peter – because of inventions that they already have, he has to say no. Doug – there are people who take a problem and they come up with a masterful solution. The one you’ve got is wonderful but we’ve got some that cover a lot more people. With deep regret – no. BUST

A series of BOOMS:

Woman in a suit jacket – don’t know what the idea is - BOOM

Woman with two kids come out – don’t know what the idea is - BOOM

Omni directional toy figure manipulator – little metal gadget that enables you to move tosy around - BOOM

Something for the new fitness incentive craze – people jumping around on a U-shaped step - BOOM

Cookie separator - BOOM

The shirt-tee – a tank on top of a t-shirt – BOOM

Boing – a huge blow up ring with a ball that fits right in the middle of it – BOOM

Batter’s protective gear – a vest to protect baseball players from getting hit with the baseball. This must be the dad who has the son that is a hemophiliac. - BOOM

Joan Colvin, 35 - Stay at home mom Invention: Character building buddy. She has a clear plastic backpack. Inside it is a teddy bear that is unstuffed and pillow that represents characters trait– courage, love, kindness, respect. You stuff the bear with the pillows. Ed – yes. Peter – asks Joan’s daughter if she would buy it, she said yes. Peter says yes, yes, yes. Doug – he’s seen a lot of toys but thinks this one could do it – yes. BOOM

Rowena Starling, 55 - Financial Consultant Invention: Repeating CD (my description). She wants to try to solve the problem of having to constantly repeat yourself to your kids. It is a CD player that just keeps on saying get up, get up, get up (you get it - right). Doug – No. Peter – No. Mary Lou - No. BUST

Hector Figueroa, 49 – Self-Employed Invention: Future American for partying devices. He has a series of products for parties including a cup holder. Doug says it’s not an invention and that’s he wasting his money. BUST

Victor Guerrero, 37 - Unemployed Invention: Coffee Ring. It’s a portable drinking brewing system. Put the grounds in there, add hot water, close the lid and then drink. He’s given up his marriage, living off a credit card and he’s given up a kidney (yes, a kidney). He gave up a kidney for karma. Doug lets him know that he’s already used the exact same product. It already exists. BUST

Janus Liberkowski, 52 - Mechanical Engineer Invention: Infant Car Seat. It’s a round car seat that protects a child in a car accident. The baby sits on a seat that is inside a round base. The baby’s seat swirls around the round base anytime there is any impact. Mary Lou says it is similar to a womb. His inspiration for the model was his daughter that passed away in a car accident. Peter – concern about viability of whether it’s going to work - no. Mary Lou – yes (cuts Doug off to say yes). Ed – pushing advancement of safety, yes. Doug – significant safety engineering that needs to be worked out – yes. BOOM

It’s the final episode for the first round of contestants. Next week American Inventor will have the contestants who made it through to the next round. They will have to narrow down everyone who survived in round one to the final 12. The final 12 get $50,000 to work on their invention. Remember to go see photos from the show and vote on all the inventions at Boom or Bust.

Comments
Apr 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Car Armor

Forget the car *armor*! *Build* a car out of it! The material looks to be stronger than the average car body.

Dee

Apr 7, 2006
by Simmsa (not verified)

The ratings for the show are

The ratings for the show are steadily declining. I think a large part of it is the inconsistency and randomness of the judges. They all seem to be going by gut instinct and there is not one jude whose judgement I trust.

Apr 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Maybe if they stopped making

Maybe if they stopped making fun of inventors and really tried to show us the inventive spirit in America, the show would be doing better.

I think its the undercurrent of meanness and disrespect for the intelligence of America that is killing this show. They wasted the opportunity to do a good job and shame on them for it.

Apr 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I didn't get the dial a

I didn't get the dial a beverage and soup. The spaces for the coffee etc. is too small and why not just use tea bags? What kind of soup do you put in this small space? It would have to be a broth cube. Maybe coffee bags would work with a special kind of filter to create a fresh cup or just use instant. Yhis idea isnn't worth the needed development, which I understood has already reached $200,000 istead of the listed $2,000.

Apr 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Dial a cup

I didn't get it either. One of the judges praised the product because it would enable the everyday guy to make coffee without buying special filters - i think he was referring to senseo - but the area for the grounds is tiny. i would probably get so frustrated with using the product i would trash it. good point about the soup - what soup is going to go into a filter? i think they were just afraid of the guy - looked like and acted like a mob guy. He got the idea from a revolver. Who thinks like that?

Apr 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Remember Dale Earnharts

Remember Dale Earnharts fatal neck stem injury in which the stationary head brace my have prevented? Well the pivoting baby car seat allows for more inertia force when it comes to a stop in the front and rear. Maybe if there was no stop and it spun all the way around like a fan it might work. Also, imagine the car sickness of the constant motion of this device- even when softly applying the brakes and making a turn. It'd be more practical to come up with a safe for babies and children air bag incorporated into the child seat itself.

Apr 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I didn't get the dial a

I didn't get the dial a beverage and soup. The spaces for the coffee etc. is too small and why not just use tea bags? What kind of soup do you put in this small space? It would have to be a broth cube. Maybe coffee bags would work with a special kind of filter to create a fresh cup or just use instant. Yhis idea isnn't worth the needed development, which I understood has already reached $200,000 istead of the listed $2,000.

Apr 7, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

baby car seat

That was my issue with it too. I think that the baby car seat could work if they employed a similiar device they do for air bags - it opens up upon impact. So if they could get the car seat to swivel upon impact, that would work. right?

Apr 7, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Disrespectful to inventors

"Maybe if they stopped making fun of inventors and really tried to show us the inventive spirit in America, the show would be doing better."

I agree 100%. That's the difference between ABC and the History Channel.

I actually forgot the show was on and didn't tune in til the end of the "build a bear" segment. I couldn't believe the dad with one less kidney bragged looking for a karmic pass on to the next round. I hope the safety-seat passes the rigorous testing ahead.

Apr 7, 2006
by Alexis

shirt-tee

I just watched AI again (yes, I watched it again) and when I saw the woman that moved forward with the shirt-tee, I realized I knew her. Ok, I don't know her but I saw her on the Today Show. At least, I think I did ... about a month ago (my sense of time is a little warped so I could be way off). Did anyone else see her? If I am right, this woman wrote a book that describes how to turn a regular t-shirt into many different shirts. Anyone else see this?

Apr 8, 2006
by Todd (not verified)

travel mug brewer

They said it was already invented, if so I sure the hell cant find it. I would love to have one of those things!!! Is there a better rescource for the contestants to contact the public for product marketing?

Apr 8, 2006
by Rob Ricket (not verified)

Dial a Beverage

It's a fantastic idea. Lets face it, we are all lazy. With this device you can load a weeks worth of single cup servings in one wack. Load the hoopers and fill the water container------and to coin a Ronco phrase, "set it and forget it." I think this baby's going big time.

Apr 8, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

The stuffed bear with the

The stuffed bear with the stuffings being any human virtue would be the best for the producers to market. It probably would have to be made in China and then sold in the U.S.. This is because the toy manufactures are a hard sell. I still can't believe that this idea isn't already on the market. I mean the Wizard of Oz had the original concept decades ago.

Apr 8, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

The Boing appears to me to

The Boing appears to me to be a safey hazzard (more so than a trampolene). The problem is the ball in the middle which would be more inclined to throw you off onto the ground. Companies in my opinion could not risk this liabiliy.

Apr 8, 2006
by Aries

I completely agree that the

I completely agree that the boing looks dangerous. That's why they have the netting around the new trampolenes. that's why they have the bounce arounds completely enclosed in netting (including the top). That's why they also have jump-o-lene which has sides (a couple of feet high) is to prevent the kids from going flying