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A Norwegian engineer reinvented the way helicopters keep themselves stable. The result: create a radio-controlled craft that can take off from the palm of your hand
By Eric Adams
Helicopters are tricky beasts to keep aloft and stable. Full-size birds do it with skilled pilots, while most unmanned craft rely on gyroscopes and autopilot. But the 3.3-gram Picoflyer is too small for any such luxuries. Instead, Petter Muren, a Norwegian engineer who builds mini copters to fly indoors during long Scandinavian winters, reinvented the stability system.
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Anthony Steffen – 44 – Small business owner
Invention: the perfect pet petter.
It automatically pets your dog. It's a kind of creepy robo arm thing.
Peter – thinks it’s ridiculous
Mary – it’s a freak out machine for a dog
Ed – No
Doug – no
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Los Angeles – Second half hour
Sharon Clemmins – 63 retired sales associate
Invention: the public bathroom door lock
A little plastic sleeve that slips over the public bathroom door to keep it locked when it’s broken. She said 30 percent of the time the doors are broken.
Doing it for her husband so he can retire.
Mary - Yes.
Ed – Yes
Doug – doesn’t like gadgets but likes the cleverness - Yes
Peter – yes
BOOM - THRU TO THE NEXT ROUND.
An update of the first 30 minutes so far - EAST COAST.
Brian Conant, 47 – Post Office Supervisor
Flatulance Deoderizer – 3 ply deodorizer eliminating the smell of gas.
"The future of personal hygene"
His wife had a smelly episode that inspired the invention.
“They looked at it like a joke” he said. - yup.
Do you think we'll see tonight's ideas end up in Kmart or Target? Or are they headed for the deadidea bin?by Think Outside T...
Just wanted to get people thinking about what makes for a good idea. The stated goal of AI is to find a product they can mass market. Something that the world needs and wants, but does not yet exist.
We had lots and lots of emails from people commenting on how certain products should have moved forward from Episode 101. One example: the kids doggie window fan. So to put this topic to bed, once and for all. And to bring up an interesting question for this show in general here's something to think about.
Below you'll find the entire running blog with comments dating back to Thursday, January 12, 2006. This was just after many auditioners for American Inventor from ABC had found out if that they made it to the next round of auditions in LA.
To all our old friends, and all the new ones, keep the comments coming. Enjoy. This is more your blog than mine. read more »
From the Producers of American Idol... American Inventor, an exciting series from Simon Cowell and the producers of American Idol about the biggest search ever for America's best new invention, will premiere with a two-hour special, THURSDAY, MARCH 16, from 8:00-10:00 p.m., ET, and then move to 9:00 p.m., ET on Thursdays thereafter.
American Inventor, the embodiment of the ultimate American dream, will uncover the hottest new product and make one struggling inventor's dream come true. With one million dollars at stake, American Inventor will celebrate the best in homespun American ingenuity.
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