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
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_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-
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
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