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American Inventor - Episode 9 (Hour 2) Doug Hall Decides The Fate of Who Moves On! The Winner Is ....


EPISODE 109 – DOUG HALL DECIDES WHO MOVES ON. There’s only one spot left in the Final 4.

Joseph and Jennifer Safuto – Inventor of the Flushpure toilet seat. Every time you flush the toilet microparticles of bacteria fly all over the place.

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American Inventor - Episode 8 - Peter Jones Judes - To See Who Moves on to the Final 4! The Winner is ...


Tonight, Peter Jones judges a former teacher, a coach and a therapist. They each have 4 weeks to prove they should move on.

All three of tonight’s inventors have one thing in common – they’ve put off they’re lives to make other lives better.

Jodi Plistka invented The Headliner because she lost all her hair 20 years ago to Alopecia.

20 years ago Ed Hall had dreams of NBA stardom. He eventually became a teacher. Inventor of WordAce – an electronic educational game designed to make learning fun. read more »

Gifts You Should Never Give Your Mom For Mother's Day!

In honor of Mother's Day and all the fine mothers out there, there is a ton of advice going around about what to get Moms as a gift for Mother's Day.

Instead of the usual suggestions for flowers (Cheap Mother's Day Flowers)and chocolates (Amazing Chocolates), what I think is truly valuable advice for readers would be to share with folks my hard learned lessons and helpful advice on what to not give your Mom for Mother's Day. You may not have realized it yet but the perfect gift for Mother's Day can determine whether Mom is an angel or a pain to you for the rest of the year...so you better get her something perfect!

American Inventor Episode 108 and Episode 109 Airs Thursday, May 4, 2006 - TWO HOURS 8:00 - 10:00 PM


If you've seen episode 106 or 107, then you know the drill by now. One of the four judges on American Inventor mentors three of the semi-finalists. read more »

Starting a Small Business and Need Some Advice?


When you start a small business, you have to do everything.

Do you feel like you have so much to do to get your business on track and sometimes, feel overwhelmed by all that you need to do and all that you don't know how to do? Well, as you know, the web can be a terrific resource for small business owners and other entrepreneurs. But how can you find the good resources that are out there?


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Will There Be a Second Season of American Inventor?


So the advertisers at Mediaweek seems to be pondering whether there will be a second season on American Inventor. Doug Hall, in his recent blogging here, said he was "caustiously optimistic". A recent article for Mediaweek seems to mimic that tone. read more »

What You Need to Ask Your Prototyper


Guest blogger William Colbath continues his helpful series on Prototyping with the following article for AmericanInventorSpot.com :

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Hi all.

Hope you are all doing well. I want to thank everyone that
wrote me about the death of my great granddaughter. Your comments were appreciated.

Last week I talked about engineers, this week I am going to talk a little about prototypers and what makes them tick.
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Spherical Safety Seat, Un-Brella, Double Traction Bike: Are They Copycat Products?


Since I wrote my last article "Are the American Inventor Final 12 Products Already on the Market?" (posted April 19, 2006), we have received more e-mails and comments informing us about other products in the Final 12 that already exist that were not previously discussed. So I decided to write a follow up on the following three products:

1. Sheryl McDonald – Un-Brella (InBrella);

2. Francisco Patino - Double Traction Bike (D-Tract 2x2); and

3. Janusz Lieberkowski - Spherical Safety Seat.

None of these three products had a patent.


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New Search is On For Inventor of the Future


Yesterday, we received a request from Becker Entertainment to assist them in finding a special Inventor. We said we would be happy to help their efforts and asked them to submit an article for posting on our site. Here's their letter:

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Becker Entertainment is a Sydney based production company, currently developing a new documentary idea for the Discovery Science Channel.


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Wade Sun's 13 Rules of Invention Success - Part 4


Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. He has written an article for AmericanInventorSpot.com readers as a guest blogger to share the lessons he learned as he went through the process of developing his invention.

Over the past week, we published the first three parts of his four part series on his 13 Rules of Invention Success. Here is Part 4 of his 4 part series:

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An Inventor's Toolkit: What Every Inventor Needs


We asked Carl, our terrific guest blogger from Inventive Rants to write about some of the critical elements to success in inventing. This week, he chose to write on the Inventor's Toolkit as his special posting for American Inventor Spot readers.

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When I invented my product, I read every book I could find on success, invention and making money. Looking back, I don't think that any one book put it all together for me, but here is a list of things that did help me.


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Wade Sun's 13 Rules of Invention Success - Part 3


Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. He has written an article for AmericanInventorSpot.com
AmericanInventorSpot.com readers as a guest blogger.

Yesterday, we published Part 1 and 2 of a 4 part series on his 13 Rules of Invention Success. Here is Part 3 of 4:

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Do You Need an Engineer for Your Prototype?


Guest blogger William Colbath continues his helpful series on Prototyping for AmericanInventorSpot.com with the following article: * * * * * Hi all. Who do you think will be the last one standing on American Inventor when the dust finely clears? I am rooting for the baby carrier. But I have a very personal reason. This last week, my great granddaughter Audry died of sudden infant death syndrome. She was only 24 days old. read more »

Wade Sun's 13 Rules of Invention Success - Part 2


1Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. He has written an article for AmericanInventorSpot.com AmericanInventorSpot.com readers as a guest blogger. Yesterday, we published Part 1 of a 4 part series on his 13 Rules of Invention Success. Here is Part 2 of 4: * * * * * * I wanted to design a prototype with a sliding fixture that would safely enclose the scarifier and permit sliding across the CD surface. I also needed a baseplate that would securely hold the CD in a precise position relative to the slider. As an inventor, the easiest and quickest way to make a prototype is to use or modify existing parts. read more »

American Inventor Show- Episode 107 Recap - Group 2 Semi-Finalist Cutdowns. The Winner Is...


FYI – MR. ANNOUNCER GUY STATES…THEY WENT TO 7 CITIES, saw 10,127 INVENTIONS, of which 223 were for toilet products.

Tonight it’s MARY LOU QUINLAN who decides who moves to the FINAL 4.

Here’s how the show sets up the inventors – total reality show BS” “A prison guard, an unemployed mother, and a teenage immigrant all compete for 50 thousand dollars.


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American Inventor - Best of Auditions (4/27/06)


We're back for another round of Best of Auditions - for those of us that just can not get enought. It's started. Please feel free to join in with any comments you have at anytime. read more »

Wade Sun's 13 Rules of Invention Success - Part 1


Wade Sun is the inventor of the Disc Eraser™. I have been reading his comments here at AmericanInventorSpot.com for some time and I thought he had some great advice to share with fellow inventors. So I contacted him about two weeks ago to see if he would be interested in being a guest blogger and writing an article to share what he had learned going through the invention process.

Luckily, he said yes. When we discussed ideas for article topic, he suggested an article illustrating how he brings his invention to a finished prototype with a plastics molding kit and a little creativity. He could use it as a vehicle to share his 13 rules of invention success.

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You Heard It Here First: Safuto - Pure Flush Can NOT be the American Inventor (or can he?)


Ok - I know I sound a little indecisive but I've got some facts and they just don't add up. I originally came to the conclusion that Safuto can not win the American Inventor title but Thinkoutsidethecircle thinks my original draft was a little too decisive. So let me tell you the facts and my conclusion. Let me know if you agree or not.

FACT 1: The INPEX Press Release

I just got this Press Release off of The Invention/New Product Exposition (INPEX) website.

California "American Inventor" Million Dollar Contender to Exhibit the "Pureflush" Toilet Seat at America's Largest Invention Show. read more »

Lawsuit Filed in Connection with American Inventor Show


Well, I guess more litigation related to the American Inventor show was inevitable. Thanks to reader who made us aware of this (we have not yet verified its accuracy or veracity):
TEQUESTA, FL, April 26, 2006 – A formal complaint has been issued to ABC television network stating the judges of the show “The American Inventor” have wrongfully selected one of the participants for the final 12, allowing the contestant to misrepresent himself as the originator of a concept called the Tonerbelt that has already been developed and has been on store shelves since 1995, including Target and QVC, under the name of Powerbelt®. read more »

American Inventor Episode 7 Airs Thursday, April 27th at 9:00PM (ET) - Who's Going to be Watching?


Episode 7 has a format similar to last week's episode (episode 6). Mary Lou is this week's judge and there are three new inventors from the top 12.

This is ABC's Press Release:
MARY LOU QUINLAN GUIDES THREE INVENTORS TO USE THEIR $50,000 TOWARDS FINALIZING THEIR PRODUCT, ON ABC'S "AMERICAN INVENTOR"

"Episode 107" - This week on "American Inventor" we will focus on three semi-finalists to see how they use the $50,000 they've been given to finalize their invention. Mary Lou Boo HooQuinlan, one of our expert judges, will mentor
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