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Update on the Anecia Survival Capsule (Car Seat)

ANECIAIts been a few months since the grand finale of the American Inventor show aired (May 19, 2006) when Janusz Liberkowski won the title American Inventor. Janusz is the inventor of the Anecia Survival Capsule (a safer carseat).

For all those people who aren't aware of what happened In the finale... after Janusz won, CEO of Evenflo Company, Inc., Rob Matteucci, came out to announce that Evenflo is going to help Janusz develop the Anecia Survival Capsule. "Evenflo is committed to innovation, safety and consumer education," said Rob Matteucci, “This is an opportunity for possible safety advancements in an important product category. We’re proud to partner with “American Inventor” to lend our expertise and help take Mr. Liberkowski’s Anecia Survival Capsule to the next level.”

ANECIASIDEVIEWSo its already July 28, 2006. Over two months after Janusz won the title American Inventor. Alas, an update on the car seat. I contacted the Evenflo people. This is the what they had to say:

"We have begun work on this exciting innovation with the winning inventor, Janusz Liberkowski, and are applying our expertise toward development of the product. The manufacture and production of a safe and sound car seat that complies with all governmental regulations is a complex and extensive endeavor. At this point, the project is in the developmental stage and, therefore, is not available for purchase. While we hope that our development efforts will lead to a viable product for sale to the public, there is much work and further evaluation to be done."

Bottom line- still in the developmental stage and there is no set date for when it will come to market.

If you want to know more about the Anecia Safety Capsule, take a look at Doug Hall (one of American Inventor's judges) live blog here at AmericanInventorSpot.com.

For all the readers, if you happen to come across any updates on American Inventor show contestants, please email me and let me know. I will be collecting information and publishing an update soon. To email me, just go to the contact link in the navigation bar or click contact and it will take you there.

Comments
Jul 29, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

time frame, car seat

First of all, it hasn't been over 3 months since hte finale of the show, last show was May 18th, second, wasn't there a section in the submission contract that stated, the invention needed to be something that could be massed produced AND be able to be produced in about 6 months after the final show? doesn't look like either one of those are going to happen, ABCs contract like their show is becoming an even bigger joke than it tunred out to be.

Jul 29, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

If the original judges (not

If the original judges (not the T.V. ones) felt the "ANECIA" was one of the best they could have submitted it to Evenflo nearly a year ago for possible development- if they thought it had potential? This will make it more T.V. than actual "LIVE" contest, but it really isn't up and up anyway until the last program in which the viewer votes for it. In other words it's controlled by the judges which are controlled by the producers! The show the viewers see is abott a month behind!

Jul 29, 2006
by Hot Spot Mama

time frame, car seat

Thanks for catching the typo. I've changed it to two months.

HotSpotMama
www.AmericanInventorSpot.com

Jul 30, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

original

the last show was live, so that puts the date to May 18th, I can see a law suit coming, because ABC can't get the winner on the retail shelf in 6 months, like the app. says, KA CHING

Jul 31, 2006
by allaboutryder (not verified)

comment

Very interesting blog, we've thoroughly enjoyed perusing here. Come and have a giggle with us whenever.

Jul 31, 2006
by Alexis

Six Month Mark

Ok - two people have mentioned the 6 month mark. is AI/ABC contractually obligated to produce the Anecia and have it on the shelf within 6 months of the date they announced the American Inventor? Was in the first contract or the second? I never tried out so I don't know. I skimmed someone else's initial contract but it was so darn thick that ... I just skimmed it.

Alexis

Aug 1, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

6 months

On page 10 of the consent and release part of the app. that's where is says, the Invention must be in producers discretion, feasibly developed, manufactured, and distributed in high volume to the general public within approximately 3 to 6 months after the date of the broadcast of the final episode of the program, so there you have it, unless the phrase producers discretion makes a difference, I don't see this happening, and their app. is a big joke

Aug 1, 2006
by Alexis

Producer's Discretion

Yes, that term makes all the difference. Pretty much means they can do what want within reason (their reason). Unless I'm reading it wrong ... everything is in the discretion of the Producer.

Aug 2, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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That's right.

When a contract contains phrases such as, "throughout the universe" and "for perpetuity" that prettymuch means they can do whatever whenever they want.

It may not be found throughout the universe yet, and hopefully it will be around for perpetuity, but for now you can check out my invention at Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Aug 2, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Consent and Release form:

9. "I understand that I may reveal, and other parties may reveal, information about me that is of PERSONAL, PRIVATE, EMBARRASSING or UNFAVORABLE nature which information may be factual and/or FICTIONAL (caps added for emphasis by me). I further understand that my appearance, depiction and/or portrayal in the Program may be DISPARAGING, DEFAMATORY, EMBARRASSING or of an otherwise UNFAVORABLE NATURE which may expose me to PUBLIC RIDICULE, HUMILIATION or CONDEMANATION. I acknowledge and agree that Producer shall have the right to (a) include any or all such information and any or all such appearances, depictions or portrayals in the Program as edited by Producer in its sole discretion, and (b) to broadcast and otherwise exploit the Program containing any or all such information and any or all such appearances, depictions or portrayals in any manner whatsoever in any and all media now known or hereafter devised, or for any other purpose, throughout the universe in perpetuity."

That's one of my favorite parts. I hope one of the favorite parts of this website is my Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Aug 2, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Statements in the "Consent and Release" form

I think they reveal what the producers had in mind for the show--and they did, in turn, humiliate, ridicule, etc. many of the contestants. What a joke and disgrace for ABC.

WAIT: There's a bottlesling website????? When? How is that possible?

Aug 2, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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Haven't you heard? I'm

Haven't you heard? I'm trying to change the way people bottlefeed their kids one annoyed reader at a time.

News Flash: there is an invention Peter Jones totally underestimated at Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Aug 3, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

bottle guy

bottle guy, you lighten up this site, all my kids are grown up, so, I am NOT going to check out your Bottle sling invention gallery, sorry!

Aug 4, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

just a thought

Just a thought, What ever happened to Eds "Word ace" ?, thats something that should have been marketed by now,the guys got to get mom out of that darn basement

Aug 5, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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WordAce

I would think, unlike with American Idol, there would be a good chance for the "runners up" from AInventor to still find success in the market. What does that say for the show's credibility, if even the grand prize winning product never sees the light of day?

You can't tell me FreeMantleMedia couldn't have taken Sharon's Bathroom Survival Kit and made money off it even though she only made it so far. Remember, the show keeps rights to the finalists for a year, so why wouldn't they exploit the product exposure and market even the runners up?

A big problem I have with the show is that it isn't live. If they can figure a way to make this genre of reality shows live and let the voters make all the big decisions, I bet it would be more popular.

I really hope Ed's WordAce makes it to the market. I think it is a positive example of what today's backyard inventors are comming up with. Needless to say, there is another positive example of modern innovation at Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Aug 5, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

time frames

yes, the time frames on the 12 finalists is 1 year, that means they can't market it for that time, so how can the doll be sold on it's own?, there are so many flaws in this show and ABCs contract that it's rediculous, Ed say's that he's spent about $80,000 on the game, no wonder mommy's still in the basement, he better hope Hasbro has some good marketers to get this on the shelves, KIDS WANT VIDEO GAMES, not some stupid educational tool,

Aug 7, 2006
by bottleslingguy
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A market for WordAce

I think Ed's game/teaching tool would be useful in schools and hopefully keep the kids interested longer. It stimulates the verbal and problem solving parts of our brains. Sort of like how the Catch does for our body awareness in sports activities. A new way of learning? That's not too shabby.

To see a new way of bottle feeding go here: Bottle Sling - Invention Gallery .

Aug 31, 2006
by Anonymous (not verified)

Ed hall has spent 80,000 +

Ed hall has spent 80,000 + 50,000= 130,000. Hasbro knows the T.V publicity is worth at least ! million. So the cost to market it pllus the goodwill are nothing- even if it bombs. Hasbro- "Milton Bradley" won't accept an outside invention otherwise.

Feb 9, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Content of the agreement

I read with interest the contract, and it seems like if you win, you give up the rights to your invention. If they want to market the product, what happens to your rights?

Mar 26, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

I am going to try out for

I am going to try out for the show.  I am just worried about the contract.  Does anyone know what happened to the people from last year?  Did ABC take all of their rights and not give them a dime?  Do you think that I am better off tring to sell my product on my own????

Aug 14, 2007
by Becky (not verified)

the baby capsule

Hello my name is becky and i couldent quite understand who was the inventor of the baby capsule if you do know who it is could you please send the inventors name of the baby capsule to Becky_sports_girl_13_@hotmail.com thankyou kind regards becky.