Watching the first episode of the second season of American Inventor this week made me wonder what ever happened to season one's winner of American Inventor? I bet a lot of people are asking the same question.
The grand finale of Season One of the American Inventor show aired on May 19, 2006 and Janusz Liberkowski won the title American Inventor. Janusz is the inventor of the Anecia Survival Capsule (a safer car-seat).
About a year ago (July 2006), I provided you with my last update on the Anecia Safety Capsule. (If you are interested in reading it, click here.) I figured another update is over due but better late than never.
If you recall the last episode of Season One (where Janusz (and the Anecia) was declared the winner), it was announced that the Evenflo Company was to partner with Janusz to help Janusz bring the Anecia to market. So, I contacted the Evenflo people for another update. This is what a senior representative at Evenflo had to say:
"When Evenflo entered into a partnership with ABC's American Inventor Season 1 winner Janusz Liberkowski last year, a commitment was made to help Janusz take his design to the next level. Evenflo pledged to take the lead in engineering his prototype with the goal of taking the safety seat through a rigorous development and testing process to improve the original concept.
Evenflo delivered its commitment. Over the last year, the company has worked closely with Janusz to create several variations of the Anecia concept, and to conduct a series of crash test experiments at its sled test facility.
At this point, it has been mutually agreed that Janusz will be continuing development of the Anecia Capsule car seat with an outside design firm."
So it looks like Janusz is no longer working with Evenflo to develope the Anecia. My guess is it was taking too much money to complete development of it. Bottom line, it looks like it's not coming on the market anytime soon.
If anyone knows anything more about the Anecia, please feel free to contact me or post their comment here.
I'll see you all back here on Wednesday night for Episode 202 of American Inventor.