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Is the American Inventor Show a Disappointment?


One of our viewers Janice asked me if I would post this article for her. I thought it was a very interesting read and so I decided to share it with you.
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When I think about what truly distinguished America from other countries, I think about the fact that we have been a country profoundly blessed by innovation. read more »

Thoughtful Commentary about American Inventor Show


I've been looking around the web curious to see what people are thinking about the show. I was wondering if our viewers had similar opinions to other everyday viewers out in the blogosphere. Here are some of the better comments I have seen that I thought you may enjoy reading:
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American Inventor Episode 6 airs Thursday, April 20, at 9pm (8 central). Who's going to be watching?


ABC's press release:

ED EVANGELISTA GUIDES THREE INVENTORS TO USE THEIR $50,000 TOWARDS FINALIZING THEIR PRODUCT, ON ABC'S "AMERICAN INVENTOR"
"Episode 106" - 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. Ed Evangelista, one of our expert judges, will mentor three inventors and guide them through the process of working with product designers, packaging companies, marketing executives and product testing. read more »

Marketing the Invention, Marketing Yourself


We asked Carl, our terrific guest blogger from Inventive Rants to address the issue of marketing once you have a patented invention as a special posting for American Inventor Spot readers. Here it is:

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An invention can come to you in minutes, yet it has no value until someone decides to part with their hard earned money to buy it. Marketing is 99% of invention success. read more »

American Inventor Show - Episode 5 - Recap of Second Hour: From 24 to 12 Finalists


In this episode, the judges are going to narrow down the 24 contestants down to 12. I’m expecting a lot of tears because the judges say the next presentation is about speaking from the heart. They need to show why the inventors need the $50,000 to move forward.

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American Inventor Show - Episode 5 - Recap of the First Hour : Narrowed Down from 50 to 24


The show is two hours tonight. The 50 inventors that moved forward from the first round are narrowed down to 24 in the first hour and then to 12 in the second hour. If my count is correct, we’ve seen 32 of the 50 (although there are some that we don’t know very much about).

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American Inventor Episode 5 Airs Thursday, April 13, at 8pm (7 central) - Two Hour Special. Who's Going to be Watching?


Please note the earlier start time for American Inventor - 8pm (7pm central). The episode is going to be two hours long.

THE FIELD OF INVENTORS IS NARROWED DOWN TO A FINAL 12 WHO WILL RECEIVE $50,000 TO TAKE THEIR PRODUCT TO THE NEXT LEVEL, ON ABC'S “AMERICAN INVENTOR” read more »

Attention Mom-preneurs – The Martha Stewart Show is looking for woman inventors


Here's an opportunity for all you female inventors that want to be a guest on the Martha Show. I think it will be a great opportunity.

Here's the deal:





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Getting Your Prototypes Done: Typical Terms of a Prototyping Relationship


Hi all!

So now that you have drawn up your plans for your totally cool invention, perhaps some plans for your voice activated rotary easy chair mounted beer can dispenser that chills the can, opens it and puts it in your hand. (Wow, it just dawned on me that this would be a great invention as I would surely buy one.) You have talked to experts in the field, done a patent search, done your market research. And now you have to commit to a prototyper to help you build your prototype. What to do now?

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Everyone is Talking About the New Round Car Seat. What's Your Take?


It's amazing how many people have visited this site specifically because we had a photo of the round baby car seat. And the chatter about it is equally amazing. If you saw the show, you saw that it uses basic physics to work against the forces of a car accident. The baby seat rocks - helping protect the baby inside. Will it work? Who knows. But congrats to the judges for moving this one forward to see if this show can actually be used to "improve" a product concept. If this one can work... it could be huge.



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The Invention Timeline


Carl, our terrific guest blogger from Inventive Rants created a special posting for American Inventor Spot talking about the key timing issues related to the inventing
process. I think its an essential read for all inventors:

The Invention Timeline

Inventors want to know, how long does the process take? How long does it take from "Eureka" to "royalty check"? The short answer is that it will take anywhere from 1-4 years for an invention to earn money. The key to accelerating the process is networking. Every-time you bring a value-added participant into your venture, you increase the likelihood of moving forward.

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American Inventor Show - EPISODE 4 - RECAP: What Did You Think?


I am going to be filling in for Always Thinking (that’s what I call thinkoutsidethecirlce). He’s burning the midnight oil at work and can not escape his day (and sometimes night) job. So let’s get down to business.

Joey Magiapane, 67 - Truck Driver
Invention: Dial a Cup
It’s a multifaceted beverage system that makes coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and even soup. Has a rotating cylinder that turns to your favorite beverage. It has six permanent filters.


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All the Stuff Too Crazy for the American Inventor Show


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I was having trouble sleeping last night struggling to come up with an amusing posting for you, as we all wait with bated breath for the new episode of American Inventor.

Finally, around 3 am, I had the idea that it would be fun to joke around at InventorSpot.com about the kind of products that clearly wouldn't make the show. read more »

American Inventor Show Hurt By Competition


Yipes!! It seems like our TV show has been dramtically weakened by the competition. Will it be back or will ratings continue its slide?

Poof! 'American Inventor' up in smoke.

Returning 'CSI' blows a hole in ABC reality hit


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Inventor Survival - Incorporating the Concept of Survival Into the Process


Carl is the blogger for Inventive Rants.
He is a successful inventor who produced an enhancement for manufacturing semiconductor chips in the nanoparticle process. I don't even know what that means so I just figure he's brilliant!

He had a blog posting about inventing that we thought was terrific so we asked him if he would mind if we incorporated a copy of it here. He happily said yes. Even better, he agreed to be a guest blogger and will be writing a special article (maybe a few if we're lucky) for American Inventor Spot soon. In the meantime, here's the blog posting that we wished we had written:

Inventor Survival

The problem with most how-to books on inventing a new product is that they focus on the fundamentals too much. Let's say you invent the next great widget that will make a million dollars; how do you survive the process?

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