American Inventor is in New York and Chicago this episode. As before, I’m reviewing products looking for ones that I feel have some potential in the world of DRTV (infomercials, home shopping, etc.)
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Invention: Whiz Ball
Inventor: Elmer George (76 year old man)
Summary: A hand-held paddle game designed for fitness and dexterity.
Comments: Not a totally innovative invention, as there are other paddle games out there that are similar. However, this has a good story behind it, with the fitness angle, and I’ve certainly seen less original products be successful in the fitness category!
Invention: Peel Away Shower Curtain
Inventor: Sandra Erickson
Summary: A shower curtain with a peel-away liner so you can simply peel off the inside layer, and throw it away when it gets dirty.
Comments: This could either be the dumbest idea, or the best idea ever. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that I think there could be a market for this. Furthermore, it takes a “durable” product and makes it a “consumable” product, which is great for resales.
Invention: Dog Ball
Inventor: John and Henrietta Sparks
Summary: Retractable leash housed inside a weighted base.
Comments: The judges put this one through, but I don’t think it is original enough to make it through to the finals. I don’t see it as a good DRTV product either, as it’s a bit too niche.
Inventor: Howard Batterman
Summary: A glove that plays music (piano or drums) when you move the fingers.
Comments: The judges rejected this item, but it actually has some potential. It’s not a DRTV product, but I can see this invention on the shelf at Toys R Us or WalMart.
Invention: Expert Racers
Inventor: Wesley Caudill
Summary: Die-cast competition racetrack
Comments: A plastic racing ramp for Hot Wheels or Matchbox cars. Looks pretty much like a pinewood derby race track with sound effects. Wesley said he has over $300,000 invested in it. For what, I can’t imagine. It’s not an amazing invention, but I do think the product has some merit, and would sell ok in toy stores. Not a DRTV product.
Overall, there wasn’t anything on this episode that would make a great DRTV invention. The judges rejecting the following:
Carlo Giansanti – Copper hat and glasses
James Davis – Dryswim Trainer
Tom Jermyn – Body Squeegee Towel Saver
Sophia Kandelaki – Webcam, recorder, air conditioner, jewelry box.
John Lorinz – Safe sex in a bottle – Condom Keychain
Molly Balevre – Musical Sneaker
Christina Raitano – Cart Cure
Joe Sparks – Easyrun Belt
Dean Rose – Instant Abs
Steve Frey – Six Tap
Steve Imes – Wee pod
David Le – Helmet and shoulder pads
Silvio DiSalvatore – Black Cougar