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Live Blog and Recap of ABC's American Inventor: Episode 206 (Season 2 Episode 6)

American Inventor Show Recap

Unfortunately, Seth will not be able to do his live blog posting this week. We will try to have a recap summary of the show for later this evening but will not be able to provide a live blog.We apologize for any inconvenience.

In the meantime, please share your comments on the show.

In "Episode 206", the nationwide search for America's next big invention continues with open casting calls in Houston and Tampa. Highlights include an apparatus to keep man's best friend fit and entertained, an invention that could revolutionize communication for the hearing impaired and a modification to the age-old napkin. * * * * Since Seth is not available, I decided to combine the comments provided by our readers to come up with a summary of the show. Part 1 (as reveiwed in part by American Cynic):

Voice Inside -

How is this an invention? "I want to take a computer with voice recognition and shrink it down so it's handheld." Nothing novel and definitely not patentable. If he really wants to be a bit more connected with the world, he should learn to read lips. Now <em>there's</em> an idea. Develop a device that can read lips for you.

Shirly Blount - Play Music Toilet
Electric Fingernail Tool - Kevin Gilg

Part 2:

Marcus Wall - The Wallbanger -

Didn't they make it clear in the contract that this is supposed to be a consumer product that can be sold in stores where anybody can buy it? Where are they going to sell this? SWAT 'r Us? I'm sure police chiefs around the country would love for average Joes to be buying this.

Bill Guess - The steak toaster -

They waited how long for this? 40 minutes? How many other people could they have seen in that time? What a waste. Besides, this is so easy to get around. Temperature probes for ovens have been around for ages. George could put one in his next grill and do the same thing this thing does.

Part 3: EZT4U - George and Denise Tucker 070718-American Inventor TV_38070718-American Inventor TV_38
Tea brewing basket that fits into any automatic coffee maker, retrofitting it to allow it to brew tea in a coffee maker. Square Cake Cutter - Bobby Lee Grissett
A grid-like cake cutter that allows you to cut a large sheet cake in a matter of seconds, while creating equal portions of what you are cutting. Part 4: The Voice Inside- Christopher Khanoyan
A portable voice-to-text and text-to-voice device that uses voice recognition software built into a mobile phone/pda (drawing looked like a Sidekick) to facilitate a conversation between a Deaf person, and a hearing person. Part 5 (via Alexis):

In Houston, the top finalist came down to:

  • Joe & Mike Miller - wrap away dispenser
  • Chris Khanoyan - voice inside
  • Sandy Wall - wallbanger

In Tampa, the top finalists came down to:

  • George & Denise Tucker - ezt4u
  • Carlos Reid - Reid building blocks
  • Furney Eubanks - easy mower

Part 6 (via Alexis)

The Tampa winner are George & Denise Tucker with the EZT4U, tea maker.

The Houston winners Joe & Mike Miller with the wrap away dispenser.

I'll try to get better details for you after I have a chance to watch the show. Michelle Update: I am horrible at this as I don't remember anything and did not tape it. So if anyone can recall the details of some of the parts, please help me out by leaving some detailed comments for readers to enjoy. I did manage to get photos which I will put up as soon as I can. Thanks
Comments
Jul 18, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Is He Okay?

Hope he didn't pass out from hearing the "Love Test" from the first contestant.

Jul 18, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Love Test

What was that? Does she really think she'll be able to find a "lover" now that she's appeared on national TV with that "song"?

Jul 18, 2007
by Michelle
Michelle's picture

Seth is fine.  He just had

Seth is fine.  He just had something come up that prevented him from posting today.   I will let him give details if he chooses when he gets back.

Again, sorry for this... 

Jul 18, 2007
by Alexis

Finalist

In Houston, the top finalist came down to:

Joe & Mike Miller - wrap away dispenser

Chris Khanoyan - voice inside 

Sandy Wall - wallbanger 

 In Tampa, the top finalists came down to:

George & Denise Tucker -  ezt4u

Carlos Reid  - Reid building blocks

Furney Eubanks  - easy mower

And the winner of Houston and Tampa are ... 

Jul 18, 2007
by Alexis

The winners are ...

The Tampa winner are George & Denise Tucker with the EZT4U

The Houston winners  Joe & Mike Miller with the wrap away dispenser. 

 

Jul 18, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

My favorite product

is the easy away dispenser.  I think its so practical.  It's a product that could end up in  everyone's house (and I don't drink tea).

Jul 18, 2007
by Diana (not verified)

Chris Khanoyan

I loved Chris' invention. He should have won. I also thought he was really cute and if we lived near eachother may be we could go out sometime. I'm not some stalker I am 22, around his age and just loved his invention. What an awesome person he is and an inspiration to everyone. I wish him the best of luck in the future with his invention.

Jul 18, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Season 2 awfulness continues

Voice Inside - How is this an invention? "I want to take a computer with voice recognition and shrink it down so it's handheld." Nothing novel and definitely not patentable. If he really wants to be a bit more connected with the world, he should learn to read lips. Now <em>there's</em> an idea. Develop a device that can read lips for you.

The steak toaster - They waited how long for this? 40 minutes? How many other people could they have seen in that time? What a waste. Besides, this is so easy to get around. Temperature probes for ovens have been around for ages. George could put one in his next grill and do the same thing this thing does.

The Wallbanger - Didn't they make it clear in the contract that this is supposed to be a <em>consumer</em> product that can be sold in stores where anybody can buy it? Where are they going to sell this? SWAT 'r Us? I'm sure police chiefs around the country would love for average Joes to be buying this.

I cant believe the Wrapaway Dispenser advanced. Have any of the judges ever used plastic wrap? You often don't use it in the same place. People take them to different places around the kitchen to wrap different things. That's impossible with the Wrapaway because you've tossed all the boxes with the cutting edges and all you can do is tear them off at the dispenser.

I suspect Seth was affected by the huge steam explosion in NYC. Even if he didn't live near that, he wouldn't have been able to watch all of AI anyway. WABC hates this show and interrupts whenever possible. (Notice the interruptions for the capture of a cop killer last week and a weather bulletin the week before that.) They kept butting in with more reports about the explosion. No new information, but they just like to let NYers know they're still on the job.

Jul 18, 2007
by Jeff McCannon (not verified)

Chris Khanoyan

How can I get a hold of Chris?

Jul 18, 2007
by Mike B (not verified)

Chris Khanoyan

Does anyone know how I can get ahold of Chris? Did anyone catch where he is from?

Jul 18, 2007
by Anonymous R. U. Kidding (not verified)

Contestant #1 Recap: Rose Feller

A 45-year-old "career inventor" from Utah who spent $3000 so far came out dressed like an aged and crazed Pippi Longstocking, carrying a Boom Box.  Although her invention purportedly reduces stress, she looked like the overgrown poster child for stress.

If looks couldn't kill, her "Love Test" song [i.e., "invention"] probably could aid and abet suicide.

The boom box music is turned on and Pippi--I mean Rose--sings ("off-key", thanks to the experts at Closed Captioning, in case you couldn't hear for yourself) the "Love Test":

"I dare you to take the love test (laughs in the song);

 Ask him to do the dishes;

Ask him to back you up;

 See how much he loves you

....when he helps you clean up

Is he kind to your pet

...from the day you met

Hold on tight...

..He's Mr. Right.

This is your love test;

Take it while you can;

This is your love test;

...pass it if you can

This is your love test;

There's no penalty

If you pass it, uh huh,

You can be with me  [Would that not be a penalty???]

Peter, being his usual observant and rational self, responds that "this show is called the 'American Inventor'" and adds that he thinks she has come to the wrong audition!!!  What, exactly, he meant by that is debatable, but I doubt he was hinting that she belonged on "American Idol". 

Can you believe that she got four "No's" when she thought she "has what it takes to get three 'yeses'"???

If you are disappointed in the outcome, there's no need to fret:  Before departing, Rose said she was "going to keep singing and help people out"....or relationships with her????

Rose Feller became, well, a big A.I. Failer.

Jul 18, 2007
by chiasmus

Chris is from the Austin

Chris is from the Austin area, I think.

Did I hear the show correctly? That out of the five people in his immediate family, only his mother bothered to learn sign language? Please, someone correct me.

Jul 18, 2007
by chiasmus

And, Chris is also

And, Chris is also registered on the forums. He's the one with the creepy foot picture.

Jul 18, 2007
by Michelle
Michelle's picture

If anyone is watching and

If anyone is watching and can do a small summary of the section in the comments  they are viewing for those who do not get access to the show, we'd appreciate it.

Jul 18, 2007
by Anonymous R.U. Kidding (not verified)

Contestant #2: Shirley Blount, 55, North Caroline

It wouldn't be a "real" episode of "American Inventor" without at least one chomode-like invention, so the "Smarty Potty" made its debut when, undoubtedly, more worhy inventions were overlooked.  [There was also a chomode shown when the cameras were showing the long line of contestants who were waiting to audition.]

Shirley invested 14 years and $2000 thus far on the "Smarty Potty", which features lights and songs.  It is designed to get a child to "sit and make a deposit" by being rewarded with flashing lights after making a "deposit", followed by one of 12 musical salutes (like "London Bridge Is Falling Down") when s/he flushes.  Yeah, right.

Well, the music sound was very poor, but I could see a child making "deposits"--of little toys, balls, toothbrushes, etc.--to see the lights go off and/or merely flushing to hear a "salute".

Peter said Shirley didn't have any one of the four criteria, and was very "Blount" when he added that the invention is "ridiculous".  AAAAH, four "NO" votes.

My final salute:  "Shitty, Shitty, Bang, Bang"!!

Jul 18, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

song at the end of "the voice inside"

does anyone know the name of the song that was played at the end of Chris' presentation?

Jul 18, 2007
by Anonymous R. U. Kidding (not verified)

Contestant #3: Kevin Gilg: Electronic Fingernail Trimmer

Every year or so, I might buy one 5-pack of emery boards for less than $1.

Kevin thought it was finally time to "unveil" his 20+ year-old invention, which he has spent $4000 on and has used its prototype for the past 9 years.  Repeat:  $4000 spent thus far on a HUGE contraption, AKA "Electric Fingernail Tool".

When he raised the massive tool onto the table and demonstrated, the judges said things like "WHOA",  "It looks like a wood saw", "the machine will make you go deaf", "That's for sanding things", and "Don't you think that contraption might be overkill to cut your nails?"  Kevin was right when he said that there's "nothing on the market like it"--at least not for trimming fingernails!  (And there won't be.)

I don't know its dimensions (bigger than a bread box?!), but it was huge for a fingernail trimmer and, contrary to his assertion ("in all homes"), I couldn't see it finding its way into ONE home.  It did resemble a table saw with a coin (fingernail) slot and belongs exactly where he has kept it:  in his own garage (or a dumpster).

He received four "NO" votes (surprise!), plus a "You gotta get out of here, man" from Pat.

 I'd rather bite off my nails or chop off my fingers before going near that thing.

Verdict:  Kevin Over-gilg

Jul 18, 2007
by Lynn (not verified)

EZT4U

How ridiculous that these people became $50,000 finalists!

I've been brewing tea in my coffee maker for years, all you need is loose tea and a coffee filter (or tea bags without a filter). Ridiculous, and I'd never purchase something so inane, when I already have the ingredients in my house to do the job.Yell

Jul 18, 2007
by Anonymous Warren Peace (N.O. Kidding) (not verified)

Contestant #4: Marcus "Sandy" Wall

This 51-year-old Houston P.D. "SWAT" team retiree wants to take his "Wallbanger" to the next level and save police officers' lives.

In appearance, the "Wallbanger" [interestingly, invented by a "Wall"] resembles--for lack of a better image--a pogo stick.  It is designed for police to "blow off doors" using a "brand new technology"--a "blast chamber"--that enables the device to put all the force on the door, quickly/easily blowing it off and thereby reducing the chances of the officer being injured/killed in the process.

Despite Sandy's desire to see the Wallbanger available to all police departments, SWAT teams, etc. and further improved to fit into a patrol car trunk, Peter rightfully stated that it was a "great invention", but got a "NO" because it lacked mass market capability.  The other judges awarded the necessary "YES" votes to make Sandy a Houston finalist, with Pat even stating, "I love that thing...."

This is probably a useful product that--if/when manufactured--will never realize its true potential due to underfunded police departments and budget constraints.  It would get classified as "nice to have, but not necessary " UNLESS it could be purchased for less money than the existing "doorblasting" devices.

Jul 19, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Not a table saw

It was a bench grinder. You find them in machine shops and some knife-sharpening services. Kevin was a fool. Even if the idea had any kind of merit (not in my eyes but not impossible), he could have made a smaller version any of a hundred different ways. A Dremel Moto-Tool with a grinding wheel attached (and a cylindrical version of his finger guide) could have worked, as could any of the cordless nail grinders out there. He could even have scratchbuilt a palm-sized version with a few parts, a 9v battery, a grinding wheel and a small motor. His only innovation was the finger guide with the nail slot, which could be fitted to anything, but he had tunnel-vision with his big, manly grinder.

Jul 19, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

British love their Tea

The tea concept should have been on the UK invention show1

Jul 19, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Paper Towels only

People only need a paper towel dispencer. That's why other wood workers only make the paper towel dispencers.  If there was a market for the combo it wood be already marketed.

Jul 19, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Pre-Judges

i blame the pre-judges for the ineptness of the inventions. They are only looking for stories or wackiness. Invendtions move forward without  prototypes or  by mere suggestions. Anybody can bring a poster and say what it will do; but if they have drawings showing the mechanics of how it would work I'd accept that.

Jul 19, 2007
by AmericanCynic

Absolutely agreed

The pre-judges should be fired. There was absolutely no reason for that first woman and her "song invention" to get airtime or even to get in front of the judges. The judges claim they're stressed out because they have to sit through hundreds of auditions for 12 hours a day. Well, if your screeners didn't send in all these weirdos who don't stand a ghost of a chance, you wouldn't be suffering so much. Take heed, Peter! Either tell your people to stop sending annoying contestants or stop looking so annoyed. You brought this on yourself. Oh, and a tip for anybody wanting to audition for season 3, if there is one: They don't like inventions that reward toddlers during toilet training. Not the color-changing artwork to pee on or the musical toilet. Can you blame them? Toilets are for waste, not play.

Jul 19, 2007
by Anonymous Noah Kidding (not verified)

Similar Thoughts

I was just thinking about all those people waiting for hours/days in line (overnight?) to audition and how only 8 got to show their inventions to the judges during the TV show.  Considering that-- like Cynic mentioned below--the first contestant and her "Love Song" got shown  (if not due to pre-judge failure, surely for purposes of ridicule/mockery ),  the remaining contestants who had even somewhat legitimate inventions ought to feel slighted and enraged over their ordeal.  They have to be thinking that the audition process was a huge waste of time and effort (as well as an unnecessary expense).  Granted, some "inventors" were only seeking their "15 minutes of fame" and got that denied, but other worthy inventors could have at least been "rewarded" for their efforts/perseverance  by being given a few seconds of air time for the TV audience to see.

Jul 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Six Finalists

So it seems unanimous that the last 2 "inventions" weren't that strong.  So next week the improvements and the VOTE comes and it is Saran Wrap Dispenser, EZT4U, Six in One Bra, The Claw bike hook, the Christmas Tree Fire Extinguisher and the remote control model cars, planes... HT Racers.

 

 

 

Jul 20, 2007
by htra (not verified)

The Six Finalists

The HT Racers are awesome!  I am voting for that!  Really unique and could launch a line of products!  American Inventor has a winner with that one!!!!!

Jul 20, 2007
by Anonymous 21st Century (not verified)

HT Racers

If the "HT Racers" are the little cars and a drag racing downhill slide, they are  lame and outdated.  If we were still in the 70s and didn't have the motorized cars, airplanes, big wheels, etc. that we do have, I might have a different opinion of it.  The race track is like a half century too late.  Maybe some of the guys who wished they had it when they were 8 years old might still see it as a good idea, but I'd say to quit living in the past.  Get over it:  you didn't have a decent race track for your little cars when you were a kid and you can't compensate for that by trying to compliment an outdated invention that shouldn't have made it to the finals.  It was for the sake of nostalgia and the past that no longer is.  Move on with your lives.

Jul 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

HT RAcers

weren't the ht racers tied to a computer program?  still dumb and not likely to sell VERY well

Jul 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

mass marketability

most of the finalists are going to have a problem with that