Just wanted to get people thinking about what makes for a good idea. The stated goal of AI is to find a product they can mass market. Something that the world needs and wants, but does not yet exist. We had lots and lots of emails from people commenting on how certain products should have moved forward from Episode 101. One example: the kids doggie window fan. So to put this topic to bed, once and for all. And to bring up an interesting question for this show in general here's something to think about.
I spent 5 minutes. Just 5 minutes. I went to the united states patent office search site and looked up car window + fan. And faster than it's taking me to write this blog, here's what I found. Then I found this: And then I did a google. Guess what I found at... www.carolwrightgifts.com? That's the color photo at top of... insert drumroll... a car window fan. This took 5 minutes. I advise every inventor to spend a little time doing their research before spending a dime on a patent. And every producer of a major TV show as well. Go to the above uspto website. Use google. Ask your friends, honestly, is this a good idea? Am I crazy? Should I mortgage my home? I'm glad to see the idea got the boot. Or in AIS terms, the BUST. But, why did they bring him on in the first place? Ok... stupid question. Because he's a kid and make for good watercooler talk. Or blogging for that matter. Looking forward to tonight's big ideas. I truly hope that amazing things will result. And then the next time I walk through the mall or Kmart or Target or Circuit City or I'm on the beach or on a picnic or in a hurricane or riding my bike or giving my kids a time out or eating peanuts or thinking about leaving my pet in a car during the middle of summer... I'll have AI to thank for my solution. I'll be blogging tonight, giving a play by play of the show. Stay tuned. And you West Coasters, be warned - I don't want to spoil it for you. But I can't wait until midnight to post. I get sleepy.