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The BBC did American Inventor 50 years ago

The BBC did American Inventor 50 years ago

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ABC’s American Inventor, produced by American Idol’s Simon Cowell’s starts up in a couple weeks (Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 8/7c) – but, putting inventors on TV to showcase their inventions has some interesting history – check out this article from Popular Mechanics 1955 on Modern Mechanix – Thanks Charlie! Link.

American Inventor – Link.
American Inventor – Reality TV meets Makers – Link.
American Inventors – A blog by an inventor for inventors! – Link.
Inventor Underground – Link.

On a side note MAKE will be “live blogging” and commenting on American Inventor Thursday, March 16, 2006 at 8/7c – be sure to stop by, we’ll try and do some chat room or something too.

2 thoughts on “The BBC did American Inventor 50 years ago

  1. Itsamna says:

    Dicovery Channel Europe ran over two years (2001-2002) a program called “Whats the Big Idea”. Where inventors all over the country were invited to submit their inventions, before a panel of Product Champions (people who’s job it is to bring inventors and manufacturers together). They were also involved with the UK Patent office which verified that the invention was unique.

    ABC Australia’s “The New Inventors” showcases products from the emerging artists of the future.

    Celebrate the art of invention and design since 2004 as each week three inventors pitch their prototypes to a panel of Australia’s leading architects, designers, engineers, scientists and new media specialists, who will evaluate the idea on the merits of its originality, design qualities, manufacturing potential, pricing, marketability, safety and the critical ‘need’ factor.


  2. MakeaMillion says:

    There is an additional site that has some great features (including a Inventor’s Gallery) and some lively discussions like “Did American Inventor Suck” at

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