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And we’re back…Here it is the 4th episode of ABC’s American Inventor. Before we get started, be sure to check out our coverage of the two hour premiere, the 2nd episode, the 3rd and the forum where you can post about it.

Previous:

  • American Inventor discussion – MAKE forums – Link.
  • American Inventor – Live blog, full recap! – Link.
  • ABC’s American Inventor – Recap, Episode 2 – Link.
  • ABC’s American Inventor – Recap, Episode 3 – Link.

Here we go…4 judges, 7 cities, 10,000 inventors $1 million prize! The graphics on this show look like the same ones that give kids seizures. This is the last week of inventions (thank goodness). The judges smack some quotes on us – Doug, Ed, Peter, Mary break it down. After this show, the finalists get some coin, $50k to develop their ideas.

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Ed collage, Ed is the man.

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Invention #1: NY, Joey cup of coffee – a rotating coffee pot/system – dial a cup, pick what you want dial it up. They’re playing some godfather music since this guy is italian, how silly. He got the idea when he saw a guy get shot, so it’s like revolver. This is actually a good idea, finally, not a pee joke.

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Invention #2: NY, here it is, right on schedule, toilet time. It’s a toilet air cleaner. 3 nos, 1 yes, Doug thinks it’s genius and well engineered.

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NERVOUS INVENTORS!@!@!

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Invention 3#: NY, The human centerpiece – it’s a wearable costume that lights up. 4 nos, shocking. I’m not sure what it is was.

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Hula hoop, lighted sprinkler, undergarments, Texas sushi, high heel springs – all “bite the dust.”

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Invention #4: NY, A leash for your remote control. So you don’t loose it. All nos. He is REALLY SURPRISED.

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Invention #5: Denver, car armor – 2 truck drivers, a husband and wife. Armor for when cars are towed, etc. Good idea, not enough people will use it – 2 no, 2 yes. Sad music. They’re going all out sappy.

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Yes montage. YAY HAPPY TIMES!

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Invention #6: Denver, A character building buddy. You stuff it with character traits. Kids stuff the bear. Lots of close ups of the kid. Doug is crying, oh man, we’re having a breakthrough moment here folks! All yes!

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Invention #7: Denver, it’s a CD/tape that tells kids what to do. Over and over again. All no – all no – all no – all no – all no.

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Invention #8: DC, It’s a thing for holding cups – it’s numbered. Nope.

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Invention #9: NY? Some awkward father son thing going on here – ok, another coffee thing. It’s the coffee ring. You can brew coffee in a portable cup. He gave up a marriage, living off credit cards, he gave up a kidney, for karma. His son needs a hero… All no, sad piano music. I think it’s unfortunate they’re promoting some “desperation” theme with inventors, but hey, ratings.

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Invention #10: SF, Last one! Guy lost daughter in a car accident. It’s a car seat that’s a little bubble, so in the impact the kid/baby rotates – it’s a better car seat for kids. 3 yes! He’s in spinny-baby-seats!

Ok, that’s it folks – tune in next week – it’s finalist time. I’m not sure if we’re going to keep recapping so, we’ll see.

Previous:

  • American Inventor discussion – MAKE forums – Link.
  • American Inventor – Live blog, full recap! – Link.
  • ABC’s American Inventor – Recap, Episode 2 – Link.
  • ABC’s American Inventor – Recap, Episode 3 – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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