American Inventor TV Show

Inventor Contestants to Be Split Up Among Judges

Thanks to Chris from Spider Stick - Invention Gallery for this posting:

The 12 contestants are divided up between the judges.

American Inventor: The Top Twelve - Details Released April 19, 2006

On Thursday, April 13, the top 12 semifinalists were revealed and were given $50,000 each to further develop their products. In the upcoming weeks, we will focus on one of our expert judges to see how they mentor their three semifinalists and guide them through the process of working with product designers, packaging companies, marketing executives and product testing.
read more »

Are the American Inventor Final 12 Products Already on the Market?

Some of our visitors are perplexed about the fact that a couple of the “inventions” showcased on American Inventor show in the Top 12 Finalist already exist. The already existing products break down into two categories: (1) the actual inventor on American Idol is already selling the item and (2) another person is already selling a product very similar to the one on American Inventor.

I didn’t understand how this was happening either so I tried to find out how existing products could end up in the Final 12. read more »

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.
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:
read more »

American Inventor Episode 6 airs Thursday, April 20, at 9pm (8 central). Who's going to be watching?

ABC's press release:

"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 »

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.

Here's the final 24: read more »

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).

Here’s a recap of the first hour (50 to 24): read more »

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.


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.

read more »

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.

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

read more »

We're Almost Famous - We're in USAToday!

Thanks to the kindess of Glenn Hudson, an inventor featured in our Invention Gallery and the inventor of the Shoot and Star Rebounder, our website has a nice mention in the USA Today - Money section.

We owe Glenn alot of love for telling folks about the site and for sharing his new found fame with his fellow inventors in the Invention Gallery. We decided to say thank you to him by featuring his invention first on our gallery and showing off his video here (as soon as we can do it) isn't that alot of love?

If you need some good old loving folks, please help us promote the site and come share the love.

read more »

EPISODE 3 - A Complete Recap - West Coast Spoiler Warning!


First up:

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
read more »

AI Show Judge Calls American Idol Show Cheesy!!

There's a new article out interviewing Doug Hall, one of the judges on the American Inventor show that has a great quote:

'Inventor' Expert Tells It Like It Is

By John Kiesewetter
The Cincinnati Enquirer

When Simon Cowell went looking for a blunt, bold judge for his new "American Inventor" reality show on ABC, he found Cincinnati inventor Doug Hall.
read more »


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


read more »