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DOUG HALL - Blogging Live- Sunday Night 9PM EST - Here At AmericaInventorSpot.com Only - Answering Your Questions Live!

Doug4_sm Doug Hall will be back LIVE at americaninventorspot.com to tell it like it is - this Sunday night, May 7th - for his second appearance. If you missed it the first time, this is your chance to ask Doug whatever you want. He said this weeks Episode is going to leave fans VERY passionate and wanting to talk/vent. Lucky us!

Doug Hall’s group of inventors includes (ep.109 airs Thursday, May 4, 9:00-10:01 p.m.): restroomdoorclipSharon Clemens, 63, a retired sales associate and lives in Huntington Beach, CA. Her invention is the Restroom Door Clip, a small plastic clip that attaches to the top of a restroom stall to hold the door closed when the stall latch is broken.

flushpureJoseph and Jennifer Safuto, 47 and 32, who share their Los Angeles, CA home with Joe’s 12 year-old twin daughters. Joe is a performing magician, comedian and singer and Jenny is a makeup artist. Their invention is the Flushpure, a new kind of toilet seat lid that filters out bacteria and other harmful particles that normally escape when you flush the toilet.

sphericalsafetyseatJanusz Liberkowski, 52, a mechanical engineer in San Jose, CA. He and his wife are parents to twins. Their older daughter passed away in a car accident seven years ago, which inspired Janusz to create the Spherical Safety Seat, a new kind of infant car seat where the baby sits inside nested spheres, hopefully saving children’s lives in an auto collision.

So make sure you stop in this Sunday night, May 7th, 9PM EST with all your questions. Watch the show carefully, jot your questions down, and get ready to vent, or agree, or ask what's next?

Comments
May 1, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Car seat or toilet seat will win

I've been reading the blogs and I see a win for the car seat or toilet seat. I researched the www.safetyegg.com site and although they look very similar I think Doug's inventor could have something different if it works. As for the Germ Filtering toilet seat I think it's a genius idea.
I saw the mythbusters season one dvd and it absolutely concludes that there is a mist or spray that spreads bacteria laden fecal particles onto surfaces in and just outside the bathroom. This does spread germs that only the healthy can deal with. I'm in my 60's and must be careful catching somebody else's colds, flu or whatever. I also like the door clip. Not a wow thing but smart. For me I'm voting for health. One vote from me for the toilet seat couple.

May 3, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Awesome. Looking forward to

Awesome. Looking forward to it. I missed it last time - but read the comments. It looks like he was really honest, and gave good insight into the show.

I'll be sure to be there Sunday night. Not to mention the other days I stop in. And there's no way I'm missing this Thursday night.

May 3, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

I missed last time, but won't miss this time!

I'm looking forward to Doug's second round of live blogging. I'll make sure not to miss it this time. Judging from the long discussion which I read, it seems he's real honest and tries to answer the questions.

I think this Thursday night is going to be electric. So of course, his LIVE blog Sunday should be great.

Thanks.

May 3, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

If the baby car seat can

If the baby car seat can prove it works it would win hand down, but the cost to develope it and the time doesn't in my opinion give it a chance. The toilet seat would then more likely go to the final 4. I know that both belong in the final 4, but both are grouped together, thus impossible.

May 3, 2006
by Inventor Wannabe

LET OUR VOICES BE HEARD & REQUEST FOR ANOTHER SEASON OF " AI "

TOPIC: RAISING OUR VOICES IN ORDER FOR A SECOND SEASON OF AI.

I don't know about each an everyone of you inventor out there but for me a show such as AI is the best thing ever happened since sliced-bread. Because such a show is where us individual inventor get noticed and our ideas get protected and exposure in the event that big companies decided to steal our ideas, we will get support.

We all need to do our part by contributing our voices to the show even though ABC is not doing a dame good job advertising the show either on paper or on the internet. My suggestion is each one of us send email directly to Doug Hall and ABC producers letting them know what not only we enjoy the show but to let them know that with a little bit more exposure on the Internet getting their viewers aware of the upcoming show could yield a higher audiance each Thursday.

Also, had we got plenty of notice by ABC spending some money on advertising, I am sure there will be more real inventors that have real ideas that can change the world instead of the 12 right now where I am not too excited about jumping out of my seat and wait for it to come out to market so that I can buy.

My plan is to write my letter requesting that they should have at least one more season to try it out now that the viewers are aware of the show and the real good inventors with great inventions will show up to audition for the next show. Having such a show will be the only way for us to keep the momentum going if each one of us feel that we are indeed the inventor.

I know the person that makes the decision for ABC her name is something Wang, I don't have her email address so if someone has it please forward the email over so we all can email to her requesting for a second season. I am sure everyone knows Doug Hall email address by now so please email to him so that he can pass the message onto Peter Jones as they are best friends.

Our voices mean something to ABC and their producers. Let make our voices count, one viewer at a time.

INVENTOR WANNABE

May 3, 2006
by Inventor Wannabe

THERE SHOULD BE ANOTHER SEASON OF AMERICAN INVENTOR

TOPIC: RAISING OUR VOICES IN ORDER FOR A SECOND SEASON OF AI.

I don't know about each an everyone of you inventor out there but for me a show such as AI is the best thing ever happened since sliced-bread. Because such a show is where us individual inventor get noticed and our ideas get protected and exposure in the event that big companies decided to steal our ideas, we will get support.

We all need to do our part by contributing our voices to the show even though ABC is not doing a dame good job advertising the show either on paper or on the internet. My suggestion is each one of us send email directly to Doug Hall and ABC producers letting them know what not only we enjoy the show but to let them know that with a little bit more exposure on the Internet getting their viewers aware of the upcoming show could yield a higher audiance each Thursday.

Also, had we got plenty of notice by ABC spending some money on advertising, I am sure there will be more real inventors that have real ideas that can change the world instead of the 12 right now where I am not too excited about jumping out of my seat and wait for it to come out to market so that I can buy.

My plan is to write my letter requesting that they should have at least one more season to try it out now that the viewers are aware of the show and the real good inventors with great inventions will show up to audition for the next show. Having such a show will be the only way for us to keep the momentum going if each one of us feel that we are indeed the inventor.

I know the person that makes the decision for ABC her name is something Wang, I don't have her email address so if someone has it please forward the email over so we all can email to her requesting for a second season. I am sure everyone knows Doug Hall email address by now so please email to him so that he can pass the message onto Peter Jones as they are best friends.

Our voices mean something to ABC and their producers. Let make our voices count, one viewer at a time.

INVENTOR WANNABE

May 4, 2006
by scorpio (not verified)

second season - absolutely !

Doug, if a second season becomes a reality do you see the value of screening inventors with the first criteria being that they have done a patent search on their product? A kind mentor - early on in this long exhaustive process of inventing as a small inventor - suggested to build a rough prototype first, if possible, then he referred me to his patent attorney to conduct a formal patent search. Wow how enlightening a patent search is to the overall success of the project. And it doesn’t cost that much considering the substantial costs involved in bringing a product from concept to market. That particular mentor just won the Lemelson-MIT award. I’m still working to succeed with a first product (having worked on many) and greatly value the VALUE of doing a patent search early on in a project and often provide a prototype or drawings to the patent attorney in order to help in searching prior art. No pun intended regarding patent searches and A-I inventors because only the attorneys and USPTO examiners can determine conflicts. Do you see the benefit to including a pre-requisite to the contestants second season audition by requesting a patent search before receiving an audition invite? How can I get an invite to the second season auditions? Or if not the Aussie producers may fill the need. I liked the Lysol shower disinfectant device in the commercial segment of last weeks program. What is the best way for a small inventor to collaborate with large companies like say 3-M? Their criteria for submission of new product concepts is impossible to meet unless a person has done research on all aspects of the product development cycle, including process development costs, etc. If a second season of A-I becomes a reality could they include an on camera question posed to the inventor about patent search results and how their product is an improvement over any prior art ? Other inventors receiving this information during the programs broadcast could greatly benefit, early on, with this info.
Franciscos’ humble and optimistic personality left a lump in my throat last week. May he be a lesson to all of us through his honorable display of character. Kudos to you Doug for investing your time here and for shinning light on the plight of the small inventor.

May 4, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Few Questions for Doug

!. Where can I get Sharon's Restroom Kit?

2. Why were the tests run on a dirty bathroom? Wouldn't it be better to clean the bathroom, then take samples, then install the toilet seat and then return to take samples? Who knows when that bathroom had been cleaned last...so the second set of samples...of COURSE there would be....nevermind...I hope you get my question.

3. You probably can't answer this, but did the carseat really look as large as it did on my tv screen? And did does it have any other features that were not shown? IE-is it a base system..does the seat part lift out?

I hope you can answer these for me, and thanks for reading.

May 4, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Who decided how the groups of three were divided up?

I may have missed this part of a previous episode, but who decided which three inventors went with each judge? Was there any specific rhyme or reason as to how y'all decided what sets of three to lump together? If each judge simply picked which three they wanted, was there a situation where two or more judges both wanted the same invention in their group? Was there anything designed to try to avoid what ended up happening where two of the best inventions (car seat and pureflush) ended up competing against each other at this stage?

Obviously, the way the groups were divided caused a situation where instead of the best four of the twelve simply getting to progress forward, it turned out to the best from each set of three. I think it is readily clear that the viewers consider PureFlush hands down to have been one of the top four inventions of the 12, but since they were unfortunately put in the group with the baby car seat, lost the chance to rightfully be in the final four. Did y'all purposely split the groups up so that some of the lower quality inventions would have more of a chance?

If y'all do a second season, I would definitely like to see an improvement here where the top 4 of the 12 move a solid chance to end up in the final four, maybe by simply ensuring that the four most popular inventions/inventors are ensured not to end up in the same group. Maybe have a preliminary viewer vote and use that to split up the groups of three. Something like putting the 1st, 5th, and 9th in one group, the 2nd, 6th, and 10th in another, etc. etc. and then the judge still decides which one of the three progresses to the final based on how well they spent their money and managed the progression of their product. Of course I understand that part of the problem doing it that way is that by the time the show airs the 12 that got selected, a month as already passed instead of the viewers seeing it real-time like, dare I say it, American Idol. But, I'm sure y'all can think of something.

May 4, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

After watching the show the

After watching the show the winner was the car seat.
only trouble now, what to do about the size.second
problem being theres a patent on the idea from another
inventor and he can't solve the gyro effect, the crash
test showed the baby's head snapping back and nothing was
mentioned about that.I guess the show didn't want a finished
invention to go forward,still think the pureflush was the
best of all twelve, good luck

May 5, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

The carseat is not at all

The carseat is not at all practical. For one thing, it will have to be HUGE and a baby will outgrow it within 6-8 weeks of birth. For another, the law requires infants under age 1 to be rear-facing in a vehicle. And for yet another, ever hear of "Shaken Baby Syndrome"? What do you think is going to happen to a newborn's brain when it flips around in circles from a collision at 60 mph? What's going to happen to that plexiglass sphere when it's hit with part of a vehicle? It's going to shatter and cut the baby. I think it's a bad idea and no way parents would buy it. I wouldn't.

May 5, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

disappointment

Honestly I was disappointed with last night.. bathroom door clip was my favorite. I can see it as a purse stable. I liked just the clip I would not
need all the 'extra' stuff. As a woman it is a huge problem with public bathrooms.
But Doug as a man can't understand that. Men just don't seem to understand.
I had a long discussion with my husband and
still does not GET it.

I am a car seat junkie. Yes i have an obsession.
My two children have two of the most expensive car seats out there.(picked
it because of safety features)

The car seat design just scares me. It needs years and years of development to even get close to get passed federal regulators. How does the crash test compare to a correctly installed car seat. It does not seem like it
will last very long age wise. With carseat safety best bests is rearfacing
as long as possible and then extrended 5 point harness use.

I am disappointed with the final 4 choices. While I
like a few of them none of them have huge mass market appeal.

May 5, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Well Doug, I'm sure you had

Well Doug, I'm sure you had the most difficult time in
selecting the winner in your group, all three products
could have won, but by selecting the car seat, you know
that because of the safety issue and there being a seat
that has a patent allready out there with problems that
will take years to solve, how could you choose this
invention. thanks you were BY far the best judge,with
the most knowlwedge,(Do you really want to come back
next year?)

May 5, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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"test showed the baby's head

"test showed the baby's head snapping back and nothing was
mentioned about that."

It did seem pretty violent, but maybe it's a start. I think it should at least be persued further. It would be egg on Freemantle's face if the voters picked it and it turned out to be a disaster. I feel in my gut Freemantle couldn't care less.

Please check out my invention at .

May 6, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

For the person worried about

For the person worried about shaken baby syndrome. For the tests have proven it works to buffer inertia caused by a collison. When it wins the 1 millon, Janu will be able to jump these hurdles-money talks! The device can be prevented from a complete spin by example: coil springs, gears resistance spools ( similiiar to the toner belt spools), air inflators-not bags, and any other comprehensible egineering means made available by the almighty dollar- which is an impossiibility without. Just remember Howard Hughes.

May 6, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

also to the skeptic the

Also to the skeptic the anecia works both ways- so the reversing of the direction of the seat has no effect on it's working. It Also buffers inertia in a rear end collison as well as side impact. As for the size the side impact,the swivel can be deleted and replaced with side padding on the seat. Thus, this will make it more compact able.

May 6, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Reputation

Doug,

I assume it was one of your inventors that you were fighting with Peter about a few episodes ago. Since it didn't come out in the last episode when you were working with your inventors and they were presenting can you now tell us which one you staked your reputation on?

May 6, 2006
by bottleslingguy
bottleslingguy's picture

I hope the seat wins, but

I hope the seat wins, but how can viewers vote for an unfinished product? Is that fair? It would've been nice to see it finished and proven safe. Speaking strictly in terms of need (does America need this) I would say the car seat wins.

Compared to the SafetyEgg, the Anecia may be more occupant friendly (as long as they get it smaller) in respect to other passengers not getting in the way of the seat's movement. Nested spheres would be the way to go if you didn't want to be inside a vehicle while the safety seat next to you is spinning like an amusement park ride. There's already enough going on inside a car that's been in an impact.

It is going to be a hard task to make these seats compatable with existing auto interior design. Hopefully the carmakers will embrace the idea, but they've just sunk a ton of cash into getting airbags just right. They probably aren't too keen on changing just yet.

Please check out my invention at .

May 7, 2006
by bygeorge1 (not verified)

final 4

Who is going to do the voting?, and who will pick the way the voting is done, is there a system that ABC is going to use?

May 7, 2006
by Joan (Character Bear) (not verified)

Interactive cake kits/advice on getting your .coms registered AS

Hi Kathy
It's Joan with the Character Bear. I LOVED your cake kits & can't wait to buy them! Oprah will love them too, they are perfect for her show. I will nominate them for you and hope you get on! Just promise me that when you meet her you will tell her about my Character Bear :)
Good luck!
On a seperate note to you (and other inventors too) - get your .com names registered in all the ways you might name your product. After the Character Bear (formally the Character Building Buddies) was on the show, several .coms that I might have used were taken the very next day. I also noticed that the same company took doorclip.com. and probably others too. They obviously did not have a Character Bear when they were little :)
Joan
www.characterbear.com

May 9, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Bottle slinging Guy stop advertising your site man,

YOU ONLY NEED TO ADVERTISE YOUR SITE ONCE AND NOT EACH AND EVERY TIME YOU POST A COMMENT. YOUR IDEA IS WELL PUBLICIZED AND SHOULD BE KNOWN BY EVERY VISITORS OF THIS SITE BY NOW. WE KNOW WHAT YOU GOT SO STOP ADVERTISING.

PISSED OFF GUY

May 9, 2006
by Michelle
Michelle's picture

Posting Policy

Hi Pissed Off Guy:

To reiterate my posting on the solar article comments section, we currently allow folks to provide a signature to their comments which they can use to advertise their invention (within reason), so long as they are making substantive comments on the site.

If you will notice, many people have their contact or invention on their signature.

Just wanted to let you know that to date, bottleslingguy has not abusing the nature or spirit of what the site is about.

May 9, 2006
by bottleslingguy
bottleslingguy's picture

Hey Joan! How DARE YOU

Hey Joan! How DARE YOU advertise your invention on this site. What makes you think this is the place to showcase your ideas?
You and Cathy and William and everybody else who wants some exposure for their product should go somewhere else and talk about your feelings or whatever it is blah blah blah blah.

Sorry... I'll remove my tongue from my cheek.

You don't have to like it, but please check out my invention anyway at Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .