American Inventor – Reality TV meets Makers

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As 5 am rolled around, the monster truck street cleaners did their tour on the streets of San Francisco, while hundreds of bleary-eyed inventors lined up at the Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel, some hauling exotic prototypes, portfolios, and shrouded gadgets. Earlier in the week, over 400 people waited for up to 2 days in Los Angeles. Anyone with an idea has a shot at bringing their dream to the world and winning a million dollars on ABC’s American Inventor, a new reality show from Simon Cowell and the producers of American Idol, set to air in March of 2006. MAKE magazine’s Phillip Torrone & Natalie Zee report…Dsc06385
Inventors lining up to show their ideas.

ABC’s American Inventor is a search for a product or invention. The executive producers of the show, Liz Bronstein and Daniel Soiseth, say “We’re hoping to attract people who would never consider being on a reality show or competition. This isn’t about dating, finding a husband, or eating a bug. We want your vision and your passion.”

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Producers Liz Bronstein and Daniel Soiseth.

The producers are visiting 7 cities over the next 2 months (schedule). Prospective inventors can download the 36 page application, or fill it out on site. American Inventor strongly suggests that anyone interested should read the resource site before submitting their idea or coming out to the auditions.
The most frequently asked question is usually about who owns the invention if things go well or, consequently, if the show doesn’t go for an inventor’s idea. The answer is the inventor, but only up until they make the cut. From there, the 9 finalists will be awarded $50,000 to further develop their product into the retail market. If an inventor doesn’t advance, no rights are granted. Inventors who advance grant a “one-year exclusive, worldwide option for all rights in your invention to the producers & ABC. In consideration for one million dollars as an advance against royalties, the winning inventor will grant to Producer an exclusive, worldwide perpetual license (with possible right of reversion in the event the invention is not exploited by Producer or its designee after a period of five years) of all rights in the winning invention.”

The inventors waiting in line were as diverse as their inventions, from construction workers to accountants. The crowd, unlike the youthful American Idol try outs, have a more diversy range of participants all the way from 7 to 80 years old.

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Kid inventor.

Some of the ideas came from kid inventors with their parents prompting them to show what they made, from a new board game to an aerodynamic car ornament. A farmer from Oregon who invented an inflatable bra was inspired to design the product by his 3 daughters. One woman spent over $350,000 developing a special diaper bag. An elderly man is working on an odor-eliminating toilet seat.
The producers of the show said that out of the 400 in LA, they’ll call back around 100. The team of judges are patent lawyers, TV executives, and CEO/author Pamela Riddle, who also wrote Inventing for Dummies. Pamela commented on the large number of inventors who unfortunately spend a lot of money and time working with the infomercial “invention” companies who advertise on television with a 1-800 number late at night. “Every idea is good to them, and it can cost up to $11,000 to be listed in their database. I’ve never known any inventor in my 20 years in the business who got their product to market with any of these companies,” says Pamela.

With reality TV being a main source of entertainment for many TV viewers, making inventors the next hero could be the way to generate more excitement on making things again. The American dream of inventing is happening, and it will be televised. In March, viewers will vote, just as they did for their favorite singers with American Idol, on what new product will come to market, as well as which inventor will win a million dollars. Could this show bring in a new era of invention and makers?

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Stephen J. Hillenbrand, also known as “Mr. Lint.”

Stephen J. Hillenbrand, dressed in an American flag T-shirt, seems to think so. He calls himself “Mr. Lint” and he invented a 2-in-1 lint brush to clean out dryers. Stephen says, “I’m Mr. Lint. You’ll see me on Letterman soon, and when I win, I’m not going to have my invention made in China like everything else–it will be made in the USA.”
More information about American Inventor can be found here.

– Phillip Torrone & Natalie Zee.

216 thoughts on “American Inventor – Reality TV meets Makers

  1. So ABC gets all these people to star on their show, expose their inventions to ABC, has a staff of patent lawyers weed out the chaff until a winner is selected. Does ABC pay you for ‘winning’ their contest? No, they ADVANCE you one million dollars against expected royalties. IOW, if the idea tanks, they could ask for their money back. Even if it doesn’t tank, this is Hollywood we’re talking about, they’re locking you into an exclusive and perpetual contract with them where you will get an UNDISCLOSED percentage of the profits.

    Really, is ABC that hard up that they need to suck the creativity and innovation out of Joe Sixpack for free (at no cost to them)? I’m just surprised that BoingBoing and Make are touting this as such a great thing…

  2. i thought about this a lot, and talked to many inventors – most inventors never get their product to market or even have a shot, and after that, they’re lucky to get anything more than a tiny % of the revenue – pamela’s site has a lot of information on this. getting $50k to develop your idea, and maybe $1mm if you win, and all the marketing – advert for a retail invention is pretty good. while i can’t say i am a fan of reality tv – i really think for the inventors who choose to do this, and have something good, it’s not a bad deal at all.

  3. ABC TV offers $50K for each competing contestant with a $1M prize for the winner. Publishes a contractual agreement on a public website. Publicises the royalty and earnest money agreement in advance of selection. Has a predetermined deadline for the audition, show filming and show airing. Let’s you know if you do not qualify as a contestant by informing you that NO phone call after the audition is to be acknowledgement of not being accepted by the show.

    As a professional inventor of several products, I have endured no less than a head ache dealing with individual companies with different ways of handling deadlines, promises intended for keeping and not keeping, playing endless amounts of politics, back door agreements, slight of hand arrangements, deliberate exclusions to critical legal clauses in documents, delay in money payments, written changes to verbal agreements, oh I could go on…..

    I thank ABC TV for believing that there is a place for the quintessential american inventor on national tv, regardless of all the potential strings attached. It is no worse than anything I’ve endured for the past two years as an independant inventor.

  4. How can I find out where the American Inventor auditions will be held in Chicago. I need to reserve a hotel room, but no where on the Internet can I find the location for the auditions. HELP!

  5. There seems to be another invention contest, the History Channel’s Modern Marvels/InventNow! challenge, which is pure invention showcasing, and none of the crass, commercial, parasitic sponging this ABC contest seems to be.

  6. Read the agreement carefully! If you sign you give up all rights plus whatever else the producers may want. Note the right to make changes. For example, they can choose to charge for the interview.
    There is no statement in the agreement that you retain any rights. The Web FAQ is misleading. The document has no provision for returning rights to you if not selected.
    Don’t give away the rights to your idea.
    Join inventors in boycotting this theft of intellectual property.
    The document may be legal, but it certainly is not fair.
    Don’t be a fool.

  7. Read the agreement carefully! If you sign you give up all rights plus whatever else the producers may want. Note the right to make changes. For example, they can choose to charge for the interview.
    There is no statement in the agreement that you retain any rights. The Web FAQ is misleading.
    Don’t give away the rights to your idea.
    Join inventors in boycotting this theft of intellectual property.
    The document may be legal, but it certainly is not fair.
    Don’t be a fool.

  8. Read the agreement carefully! If you sign you give up all rights plus whatever else the producers may want. Note the right to make changes. For example, they can choose to charge for the interview.
    There is no statement in the agreement that you retain any rights. The Web FAQ is misleading.
    Don’t give away the rights to your idea.
    Join inventors in boycotting this theft of intellectual property.
    The document may be legal, but it certainly is not fair.
    Don’t be a fool.

  9. I auditioned in Chicago on 4 Dec05. If I were to guess, there were probably about 500 people that showed up. The agreements we have signed, don’t appear to be out of line. This is an ‘entertainment venture’ by these producers. They don’t CARE about our legal rights. I suggest that anyone who goes, should get at least a patent application submitted, to hold a patent-pending. It is pending the date they mark it as recieved, which is the post mark on your envelope. Until further notice from the patent office, It is YOUR idea. You will have a VERY good argument when it’s time to go to court. I’m glad for the opportunity to at least be seen. There is NO ONE out there in the big world that will give you a FAIR ear, when it comes to making millions of ‘greenies’. They have their scouts out there talking to people every day, bringing all those ideas to the powers that be, and ‘dang it if they didn’t make that too.’ Lets all have fun with this. I expect if I have the opportunity to be humiliated on INTER/national television, all those people I never write or have lost track of,will know I’m fine and well. (teehee)

  10. I also auditioned at Chicago and had an absolutely marvelous time. I didn’t even care if I had an audition or not,the opportunity to be with creative and energetic people was worth the trip itself. The panel (which included the Producer) were very cordial and respectful to all inventors I had talked to before and after the audition. I picked up on some valuable information while standing in line, from other experienced inventors who had successfully marketed and sold their products through Walmart and other leading retailers as well as listened to the don’ts of some failed ventures. I am not sure if I’m a contendor for the show, but as far as reality tv goes, a show with real people chasing their dreams on real tv with an idea that will be brought from idea to proof of concept without the “sex, drugs and rock in roll” flavor, should find this show refreshing.

  11. Greetings fellow Inventors;

    I was at the L.A. auditions on Nov. 14th and like most of you I’m waiting for an answer. I only wish to make one comment about this “reality show” process, that reflects my situation.
    I’ve been hawking my Patents/ideas for over ten years,unfortunately without great success. I have the Patents, Incorporated myself, video and samples, and an inventory on at least one of my ideas.
    In this process of chasing down people with the funds to help you get your product to the market and doing it myself, I have found that they,”the people with the funds”, want more from you than your willing to give.
    Keep this in mind, that 35% of something, is better than a hundred percent of nothing.(Useful words to live by.)
    If you find some one/company willing to help you get your product on the market, keep in mind that they are really putting up a lot of money and it could be successful or not.If not they lose and all you lose is what you thought was a great idea.
    My point, I’m trying unsuccessful to get to is this,I have several ideas and if one of them is good enough for the show (American Inventor)than I would be ecstatic. Not only will I be ecstaic but now I’ll have the resources to fund my other ideas.
    Now, if you have one idea and that’s it, than ask yourself; 35 to 45% of something or one hundred percent of nothing.
    If you have the funds and connections than you don’t need to be on this site complaining, you need to be putting your money where your mouth is, and, find this poor helpless Inventor and driving them to the bank to cash their checks that your so willing to write,or keep hidden from the public. If you don’t get your product out there no one is going to know that you have it, but do protect yourself and that means making sure that you have at least a Patent and legal representation.
    This is why I believe in “American Inventor” it is a great way to show my product(s).If you ever have to try and get a hold of someone at a big corporation or give a presentation than you might be able to feel my pain and if you haven’t than you shall soon find out.This media is so much better.

    I’m not a lawyer, just another Inventor and I’m sure someone has something to say about what I wrote, if you wish to write me you can at:imbdw@yahoo.com

  12. I think it’s useful to have any outlet for inventors to showcase their products in the UK there is a programme called Dragon’s Den where people bring their business ideas or inventions to a group of 5 multimillionaires who each have £100,000 to invest.

    I would suggest people however perhaps join an inventors club to get help and support for their ideas.

    One link I can recommend is http://www.EastLondonInventorsClub.com

    which has a free online Forum for Inventors to discuss various inventing related questions. As well as providing links to inventors clubs from around the world.

  13. I auditioned in NY and got a call back in just 2 weeks!
    I think this is the greatest opportunity for inventors.
    I don’t understand all the negitive posting?

    Maybe it is because of fear of losing your “baby”.
    I have a utillity patent and I am totally confident that I can win this thing.

    I actually invented this show American Inventor in my mind before I ever heard of it. So imagine my excitement when I heard it on the radio! Now I am patiently awaiting my package from AI..should be here today. I am going all the way!!

    good Luck to all!
    GOD BLESS AMERICA!

  14. To the guy who “claims” that he already got a call back from a December 7 audition in NY…WHAT’S YOUR GAME?

    They assured everyone there (I was one of them) that it would be at least 6 to 8 weeks before any calls would be made to those who were chosen to advance…ARE YOU AN IDIOT, OR JUST SOMEONE WHO HAS A CHRONIC LYING PROBLEM?

  15. To the guy who “claims” that he already got a call back from a December 7 audition in NY…WHAT’S YOUR GAME?

    They assured everyone there (I was one of them) that it would be at least 6 to 8 weeks before any calls would be made to those who were chosen to advance…ARE YOU AN IDIOT, OR JUST SOMEONE WHO HAS A CHRONIC LYING PROBLEM?

  16. This is to the guy who claims he auditioned in New York, and “already got a call back”…WHAT’S YOUR GAME?

    The producers were very explicit about not making ANY calls for at least 6 weeks after the last audition (which I think was in Atlanta on December 14).

    So, ARE YOU JUST AN IDIOT – OR DO YOU HAVE A CHRONIC LYING PROBLEM?

  17. This is in response to the comment posted by “Glenn”. The inventor who auditioned in NY is not “lying”. I also auditioned in NY and was called back on 12/21/05 two weeks after the audition. They stated “Congratulations on making the next step of American Inventor.” You can call the 1-877- number and hear the recording which states that call backs have started and will continue through January.

    Ruggs, CONGRATULATIONS!!! I also received a call. Did you receive your packet yet?
    kriskross

  18. In regards to kriskross post

    Yes, I recieved the package the day after Christmas. It was many pages of background check refrences and such. You fill it out and Fed Ex it back in the envolope provided.
    Ruggs

  19. In regards to kriskross post

    Yes, I recieved the package the day after Christmas. It was many pages of background check refrences and such. You fill it out and Fed Ex it back in the envolope provided.
    Ruggs

  20. In regards to kriskross post

    Yes, I recieved the package the day after Christmas. It was many pages of background check refrences and such. You fill it out and Fed Ex it back in the envolope provided.
    Ruggs

  21. I had an audition in San Francisco on Nov. 17 and I received a call last night, Jan 6. They told me I was going to LA. for two days
    and will get 2 minutes to show my invention to a panel of 4 judges
    _ good luck to all inventers!

  22. Hi,

    I’m trying to bring together inventors. I am slowly building a list of AI contestants that I have met. I’ve also got an Inventor’s blog.
    Please feel free to write to me if you’re interested.

    Steve

    P.S. I auditioned 12/14/05 in Atlanta, and have heard nothing yet.

    Gulp

  23. Well I was called on friday 1-6-06 7:49 pm and was told that I was picked to come to L.A I got my package today on the 1-11-06 for a background check. I also got a call from American Inventer and was told that they had made some changes they told me that they cut some of the people that got the phone call out and I was one of them
    OH WELL I WILL TRY AGAIN next time!

  24. my email address is decknet at gmail dot com…

    I feel like an idiot for not having a good address posted the first time

  25. A message from the producers of American Inventor

    Everyone who auditioned for the show signed a confidentiality agreement. By
    discussing the show on this blog you could be in breach of that agreement
    and seriously jeopardize your position in the competition. Please stop
    discussing anything about the show right NOW. Below is a statement from our
    legal team. Please read it and take it seriously.

    *******
    By signing the Participant Application and Consent & Release, you have
    agreed to keep all aspects of the competition and the production of the
    series confidential, which includes anything having to do with the selection
    of contestants, the audition process, the format of the show, or anything
    else involved with the show. This specifically includes any information
    concerning who advances in the competition and who does not. Failure to
    uphold this obligation puts you in breach of the Consent & Release and
    releasing the information could cause the producers substantial damage. You
    will be held legally responsible. Furthermore, any disclosure of
    information could result in your immediate dismissal from the show.

    The Producers

  26. After I returned home from my audition I was of course anxious to learn more about this show. The only source of information on the internet was this blog. Right away I recognized Liz Bronstein. Well I thought, if Liz and Daniel posed for a picture then this blog must be legitimate. After all when we were in line all cameras were forbidden, even cell phone cameras. So why did she pose? Didn’t she and Daniel break the rules of disclosing information about this show?(They disclosed who two of the judges-reviewers were) Not only that, but didn’t they create a TRAP for innocent participants who would see their picture as an endorsement for this and or any other BLOG? Don’t let us be Flogged by the Blogg… this is America. Speak up! There are thousands of aspects of discussion regarding this show. None of them involve any of the so called confidentiality items.

    Here is another twist. Many contestants who are travelling to LA for the second round have web sites discussing the fact. Obviously the producers don’t care because they are still in the competition regardless of what they have disclosed. How about the thousands of inventors who were not picked? They were seeking publicity for their efforts. Now that they are not in the competition, not picked or eliminated. Can they now talk about their experience?

  27. Inventor_Wannabe – just to be clear, we worked with their pr team to do our article and had permission to go behind the scenes. if folks are talking about the show, and they shouldn’t, that could be bad for everyone involved, so i’d suggest for the good of the show and the inventors that you check with the show’s producers (and see the text they posted here) about the show.

  28. Phillip,

    What you say is all fine and well, however it seems to be too little too late. Your pseudo caveat warning and the producers warning should have appeared on the header of this blog 2 months ago. You need to admit that.

    What you don’t address is the fact that we are and should be free to discuss what we think about the nature of this show, it’s intentions, its aspirations and it’s goal. (as we perceive it) I am not suggesting we tell about any inside, behind closed doors facts about the workings of the actual show. I am talking about the idea that the inventors should be free to disclose their inventions (if it is properly protected) and their goal by wanting to be on such a show. We should be able to discuss the possible pitfalls such a show could have.

  29. >What you say is all fine and well, however it seems to be too little too late. Your pseudo caveat warning and the producers warning should have appeared on the header of this blog 2 months ago. You need to admit that.

    we never entered the show or our inventions, just wrote about the tryouts and did our best to capture what we saw in line that day. i really have no idea what the contestants have agreed to besides what i see on the web like everyone else (and what the producers posted here). the producers just posted here, so that’s new information, at least new to me.

    >What you don’t address is the fact that we are and should be free to discuss what we think about the nature of this show, it’s intentions, its aspirations and it’s goal. (as we perceive it) I am not suggesting we tell about any inside, behind closed doors facts about the workings of the actual show. I am talking about the idea that the inventors should be free to disclose their inventions (if it is properly protected) and their goal by wanting to be on such a show. We should be able to discuss the possible pitfalls such a show could have.

    what you choose to do is up to you. people are going to post online whatever they want to. if it were me, and as i said before, i’d suggest for the good of the show and the inventors, check with the show’s producers (and see the text they posted here) about what is ok to talk about based on what you/the people who entered agreed to. but that’s what -i- would do, not everyone is me, thank goodness.

  30. — December 12, 2005 3:02:42 PM PST —

    This is the date the American Inventor website was last updated. There are still hundreds of applicants who are still waiting for a phone call. Ask the producers a question? How? The only method I know of is estions@americaninventor.tv – and those don’t receive answers.

    I will post here just a few simple questions for the good of all the inventors involved: Maybe the producers will answer them here.

    1. If you tried out and qualified to make it to the second round, can you post that information on your personal web site?

    example: Greetings, I am _____ and I invented the _____. This invention is so terrific that I qualified for the second round of the American Inventor T.V. show. Can they post this after they get washed out? Before?

    2. Will the main web site ever post a thank you to all the contestants telling them that the selection process has been completed?

  31. Wow, there are some angry people on this blog. Whats up with that? The 2nd round of the audition process is going on right now so the guy from New York who got a call so quick was probably not lying. Lighten up. Some pretty neat inventions out there. The whole thing is going to look a lot like Idol I think complete with insults from the judges if they don’t like your idea. Then again, I signed up for the thing, so who’s the idiot? Then again, we all watch Idol and laugh at these people, so what does that say about us? It makes me look at Idol very differently now knowing that there are real people with real dreams behind everyone Simon insults. But then again, I watch the show so there would be no supply if there were no demand. We are as much to blame as Simon is.

  32. As an inventor/contestant, I can say that the show is legit and the 2nd round judges were seriously tough. They are truly out to find ‘the best invention’ and many inventors I saw and talked to had great ideas and products. I see this as a great opportunity for inventors to get the word out concerning their invention. For 10 lucky finalists, their dreams may come true and see their product sold in stores!

  33. Inventors and their wacky inventions? What’s wacky to one is brilliant to another. Remember the pet rock?

    For a lively forum discussion about this upcoming show, and inventing in general, please visit the defacto AI Blog on the web:

    airealitytv.blogspot.com

    Feel free to ask to post your invention link for FREE!
    But don’t reveal any of the details of the show if you’re privy to them and/or signed a contract.

    I think we all are eagerly anticipating this show, and what it may or may not do for the inventor in all of us. This is your chance to voice your opinion.

    And there’s an ANONYMOUS feature of the blog, so you can keep your identity a secret if you’re not ready for prime time!

    We already have near 2400 hits in exactly 2 weeks, with over 4000 page views and over 200 comments in our AI Forum alone. And the show isn’t even on the air yet.

    http://airealitytv.blogspot.com/ – check it out!

  34. Inventors and their wacky inventions? What’s wacky to one is brilliant to another. Remember the pet rock?

    For a lively forum discussion about this upcoming show, and inventing in general, please visit the defacto AI Blog on the web:

    airealitytv.blogspot.com

    Feel free to ask to post your invention link for FREE!
    But don’t reveal any of the details of the show if you’re privy to them and/or signed a contract.

    I think we all are eagerly anticipating this show, and what it may or may not do for the inventor in all of us. This is your chance to voice your opinion.

    And there’s an ANONYMOUS feature of the blog, so you can keep your identity a secret if you’re not ready for prime time!

    We already have near 2400 hits in exactly 2 weeks, with over 4000 page views and over 200 comments in our AI Forum alone. And the show isn’t even on the air yet.

    http://airealitytv.blogspot.com/ – check it out!

  35. A pretty good place for discussions on all the inventor’s shows including american inventor is at americaninventorspot.com

    I really like their gallery feature where they let inventors post their invention ideas, photos, and their website links for free.

  36. I think a great site for people to discuss all these invention shows is at the forums section of
    americaninventorspot.com

    They also have a cool inventor’s gallery feature for those inventors who want to get some free publicity.

  37. I hope the directors get this input I made every effort to log on just to provide this comment. How completely dissapointing and ridiculous that these “professional judges” passed on a singing group that had a picture of a double bowl to hide pits, but they didn’t vote on a character development tool for children. How terribly sad. In our country children seem to get no support, these judges appear to be on the same scope of the real “Judges” who can not pass the Jessica law. How was the development tool any different than the exercise equipment, that came in the bag. Someone needs to get a clue.

  38. A singing group gets in with a double bowl that hides pits??? But a charater development tool for chilren doesn’t get in becuase it is too advanced? What about the exercise equipment in the bag? He spent $100,000. Where is the logic. I totally agree with the judge who is a true inventor, who apolgized for the others. I turned off your show.

  39. A singing group gets in with a double bowl that hides pits??? But a charater development tool for chilren doesn’t get in becuase it is too advanced? What about the exercise equipment in the bag? He spent $100,000. Where is the logic. I totally agree with the judge who is a true inventor, who apolgized for the others. I turned off your show.

  40. A singing group gets in with a double bowl that hides pits??? But a charater development tool for chilren doesn’t get in becuase it is too advanced? What about the exercise equipment in the bag? He spent $100,000. Where is the logic. I totally agree with the judge who is a true inventor, who apolgized for the others. I turned off your show.

  41. A singing group gets in with a double bowl that hides pits??? But a charater development tool for chilren doesn’t get in becuase it is too advanced? What about the exercise equipment in the bag? He spent $100,000. Where is the logic. I totally agree with the judge who is a true inventor, who apolgized for the others. I turned off your show.

  42. I eagerly watched the show, and I predict that it will be a hit. The premise relates to the “average Joe” more than many of the other reality shows, since most of us, at one time or another, have conceived of an idea for an invention which we truly believed would fill a need and meet a demand for a certain segment of the consuming society…a win win situation. However, I was somewhat disappointed when I watched previews of the first season of the show. I am your quintessential American inventor, and several years ago I personally spent much time, money, and hard work in my outdoor shed building a prototype of my invention. Believe me, it is not easy creating something from nothing, because parts simply do not exist, and they must be fabricated. Unfortunately, since I do not have access to the “tens of thousands of dollars” required to finance the research and development which is necessary to develop a product, I had to abandon my dream. I put my prototype into my storage room, where it has lain for some time now, doing little more than gather dust. Apparently, the producers of the show think that inventors live in metropolitan areas only. Their auditions were held in large cities. I live in a rural area of Mississippi, and I never read or heard anything about the auditions until I saw the previews of the show on television, and by then, it was too late to try out. Now, I must sit there, watching other inventors seek their fame and fortune. I wish them all the best of luck, however, since I personally know exactly whay many of them have gone through. I will be at the next tryout, for I am now aware of the show and the audition process. I will learn, via the internet, where the auditions will be held, and I will travel to the closest city to present my invention, seeking my own fame and fortune.

  43. I don’t know if the show is going to be a success. I think the first show was rather lame.

    There’s a whole discussion “Did American Inventor Suck” going on at http://www.americaninventorspot.com for those who’d like to join in.

    They’re also voting on whether the show sucked.

  44. It’s a shame American Inventor has turned out to be another realty show that has no reality. It is a further shame that the show only mocks and insults inventors. It’s a shame too that NBC producers passed up an opportunity to have a real version of the show done a year before Simon Cowell produced his version! See the Writers Guild Registered treatment #1040456 at Life’s Inventions Magazine http://LifesInventions.com.

    Despite the disappointing show there are great resources for inventors. One such resource is http://SampleRewards.com, a system that allows inventors with new products to piggy back onto the distribution of a well-known manufacturer and allows consumers to get free products for helping to spread the word about new products.

  45. I have watched this show 2 times and can not believe the incompetence of the judges allowing a young man to get his hopes up over his invention which is totally against the law. Ridding someone on the handlebars of a bicycle is a violation of the vehicle code and they are giving this young man $50,000.00 to improve this violation of the law. It is very unsafe to have someone riding on the handle bars of any bicycle no matter what tricks have been added to the handle bars. I would ask the judges if they would be willing to ride on the front of this bicycle and be the first to be exposed to a right turning vehicle. It is like the person in control of this bicycle has an air bag, in the form of their passenger, to protect them in the event of an accident with a motor vehicle. Dumb Dumb Dumb.

  46. http://www.CharacterBuildingBuddy.com She is great.. Wish she made it all the way to the last round… Really loved those bears.. Some say it was an infringement off the Bild A Bear Workshop because of the heart piece.. I say they are nothing alike.. Go Joan! It seems she has made it further than others as she already sells them online, and at Legoland, as well as a few other locations..

  47. DOUG HALL WILL BE LIVE DOING A GUEST BLOG this Sunday night April 23 at 9:30PM EST AT AMERICAN INVENTOR SPOT

    It’s a no holds barred opportunity to ask him questions about the show, inventing, his decisions, the judges, whatever. He has agreed to answer as many questions as possible in the “comments” section. Just make sure the questions are intelligent, and not just whiny commentary on why so and so didn’t move forward. Ask him why he voted a certain way, or if he feels the show is designed for tv vs. the real inventor.

    See you there sunday night, and every night. With over 30,000 hits a week and 50,000 visitors we’re fast becoming the best inventor site on the web.

    For the record, we all love MAKE and we’ve had a permanent link on our site driving people here since day one, simply because we love it, and it’s a site that the creative mind deserves to find.

  48. Hello:

    I am contacting everyone today to let you know of a deception taking place on the ABC show called “The American Inventor.” I think it makes for a great story and should be told.

    Several people have called and emailed to inform us that the show “The American Inventor” on ABC has a final 12 contestant by the name of Robert Amore whom claims to have invented a fitness belt called the Tonerbelt. The link is
    ABC American Inventor

    Joshua Corn, our company founder, invented the exact same concept back in the early 1990’s. In fact, the product has been on The Today Show. Katie Couric did a piece with our product which aired on 12/4/1998.

    The website for our product, called the Powerbelt, is
    Powerbelt.com

    I, along with several others, think that it is really ironic that a show, with a premise of American ingenuity, has allowed something like this to occur. I think the story really needs to be told. Also of interest is the fact that from the beginning the show lacked ingenuity…refer to:

    http://www.eonline.com/News/Items/0,1,17126,00.html?tnews

    His broadcast is coming up Thursday night, May 4th. Below is a press release we sent out that explains more details. We need help in getting this oput to the press! Thanks everyone.

    Thank you for your time.

    Robert Amore, “American Inventor” Finalist on ABC is True Testament That Imitation is Not the Highest Form of Flattery

    Inergi Fitness LLC claims a contestant on ABC’s television show “The American Inventor” copied major concepts of the Powerbelt® in his design of the Tonerbelt.

    TEQUESTA, FL, April 26, 2006 – A formal complaint has been issued to ABC television network stating the judges of the show “The American Inventor” have wrongfully selected one of the participants for the final 12, allowing the contestant to misrepresent himself as the originator of a concept called the Tonerbelt that has already been developed and has been on store shelves since 1995, including Target and QVC, under the name of Powerbelt®.

    The complaint was issued by Inergi Fitness LLC, on behalf of Powerbelt® inventor Joshua Corn, in response to hundreds of calls and emails from current Powerbelt® users who had seen the airing of “The American Inventor” episode featuring the Tonerbelt.

    Joshua Corn, an avid fitness enthusiast dedicated to fitness walking and running, invented the PowerBelt® Walking System in 1995. Patents 5,509,873 and 5,733,231 were given for the invention.

    “I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the Tonerbelt,” said Powerbelt® creator Joshua Corn. “It was disheartening to see my product, my inspiration, and my concepts being pitched and promoted by someone else.”

    The acclaimed PowerBelt® Walking System is the product that defines the total body walking workout. Simply strap on the fully padded belt, grab the soft rubber handles and go. The patented reels provide smooth resistance over the full range of your arm swing. The Powerbelt® burns more calories, tones muscles and helps enthusiasts lose weight faster. In fact, a University of Wisconsin study has shown that using the Powerbelt® burns up to 71% more calories than walking alone.

    A decade and thousands of users later, the Powerbelt® has been extremely successful in achieving status as an effective fitness solution, with endorsements by both Kathy Smith and Denise Austin. Additionally, the Powerbelt® has gained attention by national media including The Today Show, Fox News and Health Magazine.

    “The American Inventor” contestant presented the Tonerbelt as a fitness belt featuring two handles on retractable cords, worn around the waist and the user pulls on the cords for resistance training.

    “The Tonerbelt is the exact same concept,” said Tom Hickey, CEO of Inergi Fitness LLC. “I think it’s ironic that a show, which is based upon American creativity and originality, has let this slip through the cracks.”

    For more information about the Powerbelt, visit Powerbelt.com

  49. I was extremely disappointed that the woman who had invented the liner for people who have moisture problems on their head was elimated in the final round this Thursday evening. As a cancer patient, I know the problem that occurs during the hot months. I wish she had made in to the final round. I am truly disappointed. I hope she finds another way to continue with her invention.
    Thank you, kathleenp22

  50. I was extremely disappointed that the woman who had invented the liner for people who have moisture problems on their head was elimated in the final round this Thursday evening. As a cancer patient, I know the problem that occurs during the hot months. I wish she had made in to the final round. I am truly disappointed. I hope she finds another way to continue with her invention.
    Thank you, kathleenp22

  51. I am amazed at the car seat invention. I think it would be a true miracle and advancement in technology to keep our children safe while riding in a vehicle. I hope he wins and can proceed w/ marketing his invention. I’m looking forward to someday seeing this invention on the shelves in our local Wal-Marts.

  52. I am amazed at the car seat invention. I think it would be a true miracle and advancement in technology to keep our children safe while riding in a vehicle. I hope he wins and can proceed w/ marketing his invention. I’m looking forward to someday seeing this invention on the shelves in our local Wal-Marts.

  53. I am hoping the inventor for the car seat wins. His invention is a true advancement in technology. I think it would make the safety of a child riding in a car better. The idea of a child not sustaining any direct impact from a collision is wonderful. I hope to see this car seat on the shelves in the near future.

  54. I am hoping the inventor for the car seat wins. His invention is a true advancement in technology. I think it would make the safety of a child riding in a car better. The idea of a child not sustaining any direct impact from a collision is wonderful. I hope to see this car seat on the shelves in the near future.

  55. I am hoping the inventor for the car seat wins. His invention is a true advancement in technology. I think it would make the safety of a child riding in a car better. The idea of a child not sustaining any direct impact from a collision is wonderful. I hope to see this car seat on the shelves in the near future.

  56. I am hoping the inventor for the car seat wins. His invention is a true advancement in technology. I think it would make the safety of a child riding in a car better. The idea of a child not sustaining any direct impact from a collision is wonderful. I hope to see this car seat on the shelves in the near future.

  57. I am hoping the inventor for the car seat wins. His invention is a true advancement in technology. I think it would make the safety of a child riding in a car better. The idea of a child not sustaining any direct impact from a collision is wonderful. I hope to see this car seat on the shelves in the near future.

  58. My vote is all for the car seat.What an amazing idea that is life saving.I plan to be the first to purchase the car seat when it hits the market.Not only will it save lives but your daughter lives on with every child saved.I pray for your family and know her death was not in vain.As as for the rest of the opinionated noninventors…get some brains.The people on the show have a dream and you all want to judge the show about their inventions.It is a reality show with real people so if it doesnt entertain you then change the channel,better yet try out for the show and see how far you get!

  59. I watched all the shows and could NOT believe my eyes! The football idea looks dangerous, and 30 years ago in peewee football and today, they teach you to catch the ball and hold it against your chest to not fumble.
    It seems that I played the word game about 10 years ago with my sister….you roll the dice and when the letter comes up you have a certain amount of time to spell words beginning with the letter rolled……
    And…come on!!!! I wish someone had asked the crying Ishmal how old his daughter was…I bet she was about 10 years old! That’s why you could NOT see the headstone name and date. AND if a child is taller than about an infant, it will snap it’s head when it rolls around that seat thing…it is a great idea for infants but not someone taller…THINK!
    Cry…Cry…Cry…How come none of these faker “girlie-men” cried when they got their checks? AMERICAN INVENTOR should have been called “International Inventors” because there was not ONE American there!!
    2 Africans, one Spanish, and I think a Russian? Come on Simon, but then again, you’re NOT American either, are you? The show sucked!!!

  60. I watched all the shows and could NOT believe my eyes! The football idea looks dangerous, and 30 years ago in peewee football and today, they teach you to catch the ball and hold it against your chest to not fumble.
    It seems that I played the word game about 10 years ago with my sister….you roll the dice and when the letter comes up you have a certain amount of time to spell words beginning with the letter rolled……
    And…come on!!!! I wish someone had asked the crying Ishmal how old his daughter was…I bet she was about 10 years old! That’s why you could NOT see the headstone name and date. AND if a child is taller than about an infant, it will snap it’s head when it rolls around that seat thing…it is a great idea for infants but not someone taller…THINK!
    Cry…Cry…Cry…How come none of these faker “girlie-men” cried when they got their checks? AMERICAN INVENTOR should have been called “International Inventors” because there was not ONE American there!!
    2 Africans, one Spanish, and I think a Russian? Come on Simon, but then again, you’re NOT American either, are you? The show sucked!!!

  61. I watched all the shows and could NOT believe my eyes! The football idea looks dangerous, and 30 years ago in peewee football and today, they teach you to catch the ball and hold it against your chest to not fumble.
    It seems that I played the word game about 10 years ago with my sister….you roll the dice and when the letter comes up you have a certain amount of time to spell words beginning with the letter rolled……
    And…come on!!!! I wish someone had asked the crying Ishmal how old his daughter was…I bet she was about 10 years old! That’s why you could NOT see the headstone name and date. AND if a child is taller than about an infant, it will snap it’s head when it rolls around that seat thing…it is a great idea for infants but not someone taller…THINK!
    Cry…Cry…Cry…How come none of these faker “girlie-men” cried when they got their checks? AMERICAN INVENTOR should have been called “International Inventors” because there was not ONE American there!!
    2 Africans, one Spanish, and I think a Russian? Come on Simon, but then again, you’re NOT American either, are you? The show sucked!!!

  62. Caveat Inventor

    I enjoyed “Garage Geniuses Go Prime Time” (issue 14.03). Great photographs. But the “10-page legal waivers” that prospective contestants must sign to be on the show provide that ownership of the winning inventions will vest in American Inventor and its owners. “Prize money” is defined as an advance against future royalties, if any.

    Do any of the folks in your article know that if they win American Inventor they lose all rights to their invention?
    Gregg Elberg
    San Rafael, California

  63. I think this program is being unfair to the contestants and unfair to the audience. The program gives the impresion that the most important aspect of an invention is if the applicant has an emotional sob story.

    I believe that child seat that revolves is absolutely contrary to the purpose of a child restraint seat, it does not restrain the child. In the “crash test” the video shows the baby manekin’s head flailing around, which would probably immediately break the neck of a real baby. IMHO there is no way this “restraint seat” would pass approval by the DOT.

    The bicyle built for two reminds me of the song of that name. Anybody who has given somebody else a ride on their handlebar knows how unstable that configuration is. The bicycle is unsafe.

    What do I know about patents? I hold 5 US Patents, patents issued by the US Patent and Trademark Office, not Hollywood. One of those patents has earned several million dollars for the company I retired from.

  64. If any readers are interested in what invention and patents are really about, you can visit the web site of the US Patent and Trademark Office http://www.USPTO.gov That web site has guidelines about patents, how to file for a patent, and the ability to search for existing patents.

  65. “…
    AMERICAN INVENTOR should have been called “International Inventors” because there was not ONE American there!!
    2 Africans, one Spanish, and I think a Russian? Come on Simon, but then again, you’re NOT American either, are you? The show sucked!!!
    …”

    Look at the history of this country, it’s never been only White-boy’s country. Everyone around the world came to this land to build the beautiful homeland of all races.

    adagio54, you are really a sucker and a loser!!!!!! Why don’t you show your white ass on the show and let everyone laugh and kick it? Or seriously put your invention at uspto office?

    They are the real American and you are not.

  66. There were some REAL INVENTIONS in the auditions – but the choices for the Final Four were amazingly bad.

    The FootBall Catcher and the Word Ace are real enough (I hope the Word Ace wins), but the Child Car Seat will not work, and is actually dangerous. Spinning a child does not lessen the impact. Moreover the constant motion will cause the child to get carsick and vomit – possibly choking.

    The Bicycle is equally insane. The driver in back cannot see thru the rider in front of them, and steering is difficult when someone is sitting on the handlebars. Ever hit a wall with a bike? I have – the front wheel crumpled. Now imagine the fate of the “sacrifice” up front in any accident.

    I did enjoy the brief scenes where the Inventors work with the Industrial Designers and Prototype Shops. I would have liked to see more of that.

  67. Responding to critisms of inventions:

    Bike: Looks dangerous, until you realize millions of kids are doing this TODAY by just sitting on handlebars. This would be a much safer way to do that. It’s going to be harder to steer but you’re going to be more careful with two people on the bike, and the front rider can always bail if they see something like a wall coming up – or possibly put out thier legs and act like a shock absorber… basically as long as the front rider is not a complete idiot it’s probably going to work out well. Plus imagine the cool videos kids could make with a front rider acting as a cameraman.

    I also think it has a good market with casual bike-riding couples that would like to have only one bike in teh garage to store instead of two. It’s like a tandem bike only more practical.

    Car seat: If a seat that moves a little would cause a kid to throw up, why do babies like to be rocked to and fro? I actually think the slight motion from travel would help kids to sleep. Also, the dummy used in the test was just the smallest size dummy they could find – more like a six-year old than the infant-two year old the seat is meant for. That’e why the head was snapping around, because it was essentially outside of the seat. And if you think that slight head movement was bad then please consider what a real head does in a real crash when the whole body is held back by straps and the head is free to be jerked forward with its full momentium. The car seat I think is my favorite inventation as far as the best idea, and I would buy one in a heartbeat.

    The Catch: Don’t forget that front protrusion is designed to collapse if you fall on it (mentioned the first time he presented the idea), which is why it’s not dangerous – and yes you have to hold the ball to your chest, but only after you’ve caught it. If you try to catch a ball next to your chest many times your own body can bounce it away from you before you ave a firm grip.

    Word Ace: Not much to say here, I kind of like the idea but would have to play it before I could really decide it would do well. I do think it’s a harder sell than they make it out to be, I have a rought time seeing this in even half America’s homes much less every home.

  68. One other note about the car seat, the idea is not that it spins – it’s that the base of the seat is always the part holding the baby instead of straps. In a longer crash or under heavy braking the seat would not spin, it would simply rotate so that the base of the seat was facing forward with the baby being pressed against it from the inside – like the way they turned the apollo capsules to face downward when astronauts re-entered the atmosphere so they could lie in couches that cushioned the shock.

  69. So-called “Real American”. My, what RACIST comments. Black people are just as much American as you are! Unless you’re a Native American, your ancestors came from somewhere else. You owe an apology to every Black AMERICAN you just insulted.

  70. I really didn’t like the show, if you didn’t spend thousands of dollars and you where not about to go bankrupt they just didn’t want you. If you are a smart inventor you WILL NOT spend that kind of money. I auditioned in New York, and my 14 year old had it pegged they shuffled the people they where not interested in to other rooms, and they told the people that had no chance they would find out if accepted in 4 weeks. Why did they have to waste our time? Setting us up with dummy interviews?
    I hardly even watched the show, I thought the way they did it was stupid,ALL THE DRAMA!! does the average american REALLY want to watch it??
    They really should have done a weekly show case, 4 inventors each week 15 min. demos 1 person wins each week, and HELP that person with getting the invention to market watch the process, (that was the most interesting part of the show) and above all not steal that hard working persons invention. A million dollars is SH*T money when it comes to a great invention. They should ask america how the should set-up the show and come up with a better way to program it!
    I also think they discounted me because I had more than 1 invention AND I don’t think they like the idea of you having the patent. I would really like to know if any of the “winners” held patents for their ideas??
    (browndrawingboard@yahoo.com) I also want to know if they steal this idea to change the show, as an inventor i’m a little paranoid someones going to steal and idea If you are a true inventor you ALWAYS are coming up with new ideas, my brain is like a machine, it is always coming up with a new patent or idea it NEVER stops!!

  71. Watching the shows was two steps forward and one step back, as the producers felt it necessary to recap everything at least once. Of the final four ideas, I liked the football-catching aid and the word game, although the latter certainly isn’t a new idea, as I had the same thing in non-electronic form about 65 years ago.

    The judges considerably overestimated the market value of the bicycle. No one goes out to buy a bicyle with an extra seat on the front fender. The idea of bicycling is to be free and independent, not to haul someone in a most unstable and hazardous way. The only two-person bikes being sold nowadays are the traditional tandems that enable both riders to pedal. These go mostly to married couples.

    I’d like to see a comprehensive test of the baby seat. I hope EvenFlo can produce a practical product.

    And, I get the impression from this forum that the the inventors do not retain the patent rights to their inventions. Is this true? And if so, who does get the rights?

  72. I liked the show, but I think they got away from the purpose. To find a product that will sell millions to the everyday “American”. So when you think of the Bike or the Football Catch I wonder what they were thinking.

    As for who owns the rights of the product, win or lose, the inventor still owns the rights, but the producers have one year sole option to take the inventors product further, promote and sell it. Meaning you can’t use the TV to get your product started and then move on without them. After one year you can mass produce and sell it on your own. I believe the winner of the one million gives up 5 years right to mass produce and sell on their own.

  73. Season Two of American Inventor has been confirmed. The fate of the judges, Peter Jones, Doug Hall, Mary Lou Quinlan and Ed Evangelista has not yet been announced. Simon Cowell’s ABC tv show will be back and that is great. I suggest that the show film and highlight the actual invention process. The design teams, including I.D. Group, T2 Design and others seem to do so much with the inventions – I would like to see exactly how they built the working prototypes. There is drama in building and designing an invention. Let’s see it next season.

  74. Season Two of American Inventor has been confirmed. The fate of the judges, Peter Jones, Doug Hall, Mary Lou Quinlan and Ed Evangelista has not yet been announced. Simon Cowell’s ABC tv show will be back and that is great. I suggest that the show film and highlight the actual invention process. The design teams, including I.D. Group, T2 Design and others seem to do so much with the inventions – I would like to see exactly how they built the working prototypes. There is drama in building and designing an invention. Let’s see it next season on American Inventor.

  75. I should be recieving a patent in august ’06 on an idea I came up with about two years ago. When I seen the ad for the “American Inventor” show I was really excited, thinking I might submit my idea. But after I read the agreement, (All 36 pages)I was shocked to see some of the things that were put in there.I Know they are probably saying, “We told them to read the agreement before signing” “It’s their own fault.” I’m just glad that I did read it.One thing I’ve learned, The “American Inventor” show is the last place I’d submit my idea to.

  76. A lot of good info. here. I’m thinking about auditioning for the second season of AI. Does anybody know if I can show my product design on a laptop instead of drawings. Did anybody use a laptop there?

  77. A lot of good info. here. Thanks guys!!! I’m thinking about auditioning for the second season of AI. Does anybody know if I can show my product design on a laptop instead of drawings. Did anybody use a laptop there?

  78. First, I would like to say that American Inventor took me on an amazing journey and I thank them for it!

    I would like to say when you work with kids you have to have integrity as a prerequisite. I have been coaching kids in ice hockey for 10 years. I believe in giving back something that gave me so much in my life. This I take as a measure of my character.
    I’m not going to give the satisfaction of free advertising to a company who makes false allegations. As you all know, I do own a utility patent and trademark for the
    Tonerbelt. As for the name calling that I didn’t respond to by the company who is using
    My trademark “Tonerbelt” to boost sales to his overpriced products on his website. I know why I invented my product and why it’s going to be affordable to buy and at the
    Same time give something back to the problem of cardiovascular disease. Denise Austin knows my product very well and my partner at the beginning manufactured her products so practice what you preach about integrity before
    You take advantage of my trademark to sell more overpriced products.
    I haven’t made anything yet but have a plan to give back, what have they given to fight this problem with all the money they over charge. You went on an attack of my character now state the facts.
    Sport’s taught me not to complain just come back stronger and that is what makes the difference in ones integrity and character.

    One of the greatest leaders of the 20th century one said:

    “History will be kind to me for I intend to write it.”

    –Winston Churchill

    Bobby Amore
    American inventor
    http://www.tonerbelt.org

  79. The show really helps the ones with no patents. If you have a good patent you will not get picked, so save your money, don’t go. You do not get to see a judge at first anyways, all you see is a person that see’s if your good for the show, not your invention . Most of the products that get picked are already invented.

  80. What they do when you get to the area were you show your invention to a young kid that does not really know what is good or bad, just looking for show material people. They put bands on your arms that have a letter on it,that letter tells them if you have a patent and other info. They put patent people in one area and no patents in another. For my invention I needed power so I told them when they sat us down in another area, then they said they only had power at this other booth. Well when we got to that holding area we were watching all these dum so called inventions move on to the other round. Then they called us into the room and said you have a patent, so I said can I show you the product, sure why not he said. so we did not get to go on,what a surprise; We make and sell our product and I have a utility patent with 40 claims. Most patents will not get 40 claims your lucky if you get 12… While on the way out of the building a guy came over and told us he is in the back of the line. Then he looked at my product and said if that didn’t go on his won’t. he said to us that patents products won’t go through and his is too, but he said he will still try..he said he heard they were just picking stupped little gadgets with no patents. Im not upset, but it cost us alot to make it to the show. I just wish they would tell you that patented inventions are not welcome, its for people who really think they are inventors, and the show is going to help them see if they have a invention or not..

  81. American Inventor is a joke. They are not looking for inventors. They are looking for people they can make fun of and embarrass because they think that is good TV. Its a producer of the show that is going to tell you whether your invention is good or not (what a joke. ABC was so unprofessional in Chicago. They had people waiting in line outside in the cold and then it starts raining. Then when the stupid asses finally figured out they were not going to get to see everyone that day and we would all have to come back they had 1 person pre-registing 300 people. If you are serious about your invention do not leave it up to ABC to help you. Do it yourself and make sure to have a patent. ABC doesn’t want you to have a patent because they wouldn’t be able to steal it from you.

  82. KSUMMER your right, It is a scam . We were in chicago too. Glad to see you seen what we did. Please everyone if you have a real product and a patent, Do not go,all it will is cost you money and your time. It is only for them to steal from inventor wantabe’s. I wish they would run an invention that a very rich company already made, maybe that company could screw them like they screw us.

  83. Did you see the guy that won american inventor this year{07) he did not even make a product. Pretty sad if all you have is an idea, I thought inventors made inventions not had other companys make them. So he is an idea man not an inventor. But he did sob alot thats good t.v., and it is a good invention that the company made for him. The producers would not know a good invention if it slapped them in the face. At least the other 2 finalist’s had good ideas and made them by there selfs. And there again,the winner did not have a patent, just like last year. What a joke, but can still be fun to watch.

  84. hey… I love this show and was wondering if they are going to have a season 3. If so does anyone know when auditions are???

  85. its to bad that there are more scrooges in the world than there are real humans, it just goes to show you that real people are hard to find, plus the road to success is a long one, and if you want to be an inventer don’t ask for help from no one because they will only have one hand in your pocket instead of holding your hand

  86. Kenneth they all want something for nothing. All we do is keep selling our products/inventions to customers that are very happy. Just keep pluging away, heck american inventor show never picks real inventors, nor gets a product to the market, That shows what they know. Great Products don’t come from shows, It comes from inventors that work hard and sacrifice money and time to get there products out there . And alot of times even your closest friends or relatives don’t believe in what you do. Never stop or it will be a boring world.

  87. Kenneth they all want something for nothing. All we do is keep selling our products/inventions to customers that are very happy. Just keep pluging away, heck american inventor show never picks real inventors, nor gets a product to the market, That shows what they know. Great Products don’t come from shows, It comes from inventors that work hard and sacrifice money and time to get there products out there . And alot of times even your closest friends or relatives don’t believe in what you do. Never stop or it will be a boring world.

  88. Does anyone out there know if the American Inventor will be auditioning and showing this coming 2008 season? I really enjoy the show. And, is the American Inventor a spin off of Dragon’s Den, LLC? Happy 2008!

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