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In Episode 207, it's: Time for America to vote! The judges have chosen the six finalists, and the race is on for these finalists to prove themselves worthy as viewers cast their votes for the one they deem to be the next great American Inventor and recipient of the million dollar prize.

See you there.

Jul 24, 2007
by Brian Trang

when is the next audition will be in Tampa or Orlando?

please let me know when is the next invention contest (Audition) will be in Tampa or Orlando?

my invention is saving lives and a lot of money...

last time I see it will be start in August 23rd.

Thank you.

Jul 24, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Six Finalists

So the 6 finalists are Ricky with the remote control HT Racers,
Greg with the Christmas tree fire extinguisher,
Elaine with the six in one bra
Craig and David with the Claw bike hook
Denise and George with the EZT4U tea in the coffeemaker gadget
Joe and Mike with the saran wrap dispenser
We vote this Wed. night after the show --
The Saran Wrap thing variation has been sold for years (see Home Depot)
The Christmas tree fire extinguisher sounds okay, good for emotions, but if you read all the patents out there, it has been invented in various forms (with a gift and an angel) (even Doug Hall from last season blogged he had worked on one) and according to the fire prevention sites it isn't about the tree, it is about space heaters, candles, fire embers, bad electrical. There are thousands of people who die every year in fires  AND ONLY 14 a year die a year in fires WITH a Christmas tree fire. Besides the device will be expensive. Better to invest in an all-year smoke alarm, a portable fire extinguisher (more fires happen in the kitchen), a new space heater and keep it AWAY from furniture and plants and new electrical extension cords..
The Bra well, strap configuration isn't much of an invention to me
The Claw is cool but it is a fancy hook.

The remote control designa dn build anything HT Racers, you actually have a really cool invention here and a great toy for kids and adults.  American Inventor could have a winning product line in the market place with HT Racers.Hopefully this year, A.I. will go to production and get inventions into the marketplace!

Jul 24, 2007
by AmericanCynic

HT Racers

I'm not wild about any of the city winners this year, but since one has to win the big prize, I guess I'd have to go with HT Racers, too.

Jul 25, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

xmas tree fire stopper

I just read this on a website, and thought it was interesting: "A Christmas tree which is well cared for will remain fresh and will not catch fire unless a strong flame supported by inflamable material is placed under the tree. In fact, there were examples of houses which burned completely while having a real Christmas tree which did not even catch fire."

Jul 25, 2007
by Jim and Kathy (not verified)

The One Million Dollar Winner

Ricky DeRennaux and his HT Racers is our choice for the winner too.  Our kids want to buy them and we think they're fun and imaginative.

And our Christmas trees have never had any trouble.

Jul 25, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

BSG Boycott

Maybe the audience would be more effective in protesting the show by NOT voting.  Is AI one of those shows that expects people to pay 99 cents to text message a vote?  If no one did this, they wouldn't receive the kind of monetary return they might be expecting.

I don't care who wins.  I don't see any of the finalists as being very creative or innovative. 

Jul 25, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

I'll be searching my nearest department store!

My favorite invention is the six-in-one bra. I wish I could go out and buy it right now! It is a rare and desirable item. I'm rooting for Elaine--you go, girl!

 I feel badly about not supporting Greg's Guardian Angel, because it is a great, potentially live-saving idea. I'm a bit skeptical, however. I think I'll put faith in my smoke detectors, for now.

The HT Racers are cool, but they're just not doing it for me. I don't think that they are unique enough to be a winner. They'd probably sell, but I can't see them flying off of shelves. (Forgive the pun.)  Female appeal is not an issue. There are "toys for boys" and "toys for girls" that do well without serving both genders. Plus, some of my favorite toys were Tonka dump trucks and PowerRanger action figures, as a little girl. (And I was far from a tomboy!)

 I really wish the The Claw would've taken the place of the HT Racers. It is so easy to use, for those of us who happen to have everything hanging from the ceiling of our garages. Hooks are too tedious--they are an accident waiting to happen! This is another one I'd like to see on store shelves.

 The Tea Brain was a nice idea, but I'm not too bothered by microwaving some water and sticking a bag in a mug, for about the same amount of time that the Tea Brain takes to make the tea. If one monitors and experiments with steeping times, one will have a nice cup of tea. Coffee is just a different kind of beverage, and an automatic maker is more suited for it.

I have sympathy for Joe and Mike. Their invention is great but not amazing, and they aren't "American Inventor" material. I hate ripping all of those stupid food wraps on those cheap metal things. They hardly ever work. I would definitely buy Joe and Mike's invention, as well.

Jul 25, 2007
by Work2XL
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Guardian Angel

Maybe I'm wrong, but xmas trees usually have lights. Lights usually take electricity. Electricity and want are real good friends. Most lights aren't plugged into a GFI. Why would you use water? Why not use a Class C medium to extinguish the fire and use a temp valve, or even a smoke detector activated solenoid to open a valve under the angel. Then your can use your family heirloom that has a funnel, sensor, and tube running to it from a "present" under the tree? I would think it would be much easier to produce from off the shelf componets. You could also have tubes coming off the main tube running along the trunk if diffusion is an issue. You could offer it in 5lb, and 10lb extinguishers. Am I wrong?



Jul 26, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Seems the better invention

Seems the better invention would be to invent xmas lights that don't require electricity. Maybe run off a battery?

Jul 26, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

A. I. Finalists

I was somewhat floored that "the claw" didn't make it into the finals.  I liked it and I totally think it would sell more units than the HT RACERS.  ( I still fail to see where it is teaching science and math - wasn't that part of the original pitch?)

I am sure the angel and the bra will sell big ( I'd buy the bra for sure) but I think the claw has a wider appeal with gender not being an issue at all and while it doesn't save lives it certainly saves space and makes the hassle of storage so much easier.  The stow-a- way thing I know I've seen before in another form, and the tea thing was impractical. I agree that I 'd rather just use the micromave and not have tea that tastes like coffee.

I think the Claw inventor's  biggest fault was price and materials.  I think it needs to be a metal clip and it needs to cost no more than $15 for consumers to buy it.  Also, selling it in multiple packs for families would be a great help too.   

The market research should have talked to families and homeowners as well as bike enthusiasts to really show who would use it and why. 

Anyway, I was sad to see them cut out of the finals.  I sure hope they get approached buy someone for mass production.  I will buy it- a few even!

Jul 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

The Claw

The claw was the dumbest thing I've ever seen. Bra lady will win.

Jul 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Anonymous "I will buy ...a few [Claws] even!"

Their selling price was quoted at $40 each.  So, if you are going to buy "a few", are you willing to spend $80 for two, $120 for three, or $160 for four???  That sounds like an expensive hang-up job.  George Foreman, I think, said he would buy 3 instantly, but $120 is petty cash/pocket change for him.

The Claw is an expensive, unnecessary device.  It is advanced technology for the sake of being advanced, but it doesn't really add much--if anything--to what the existing $2 hooks can do.

Jul 27, 2007
by surferstar (not verified)

xmas lights and bras

Using LED lights would be so much safer.

Was the price of the Guardian Angel mentioned?

The bra looked like it would slip off the shoulders and I couldn't figure out how it could offer any support.


Jul 27, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

All those stupid inventions

but not one bottle sling.