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American Inventor: Ed Hall & Janusz Liberkowski Advance To The Final Four

May 04, 2006 11:58 PM by Joe Blackmon

Safety_seatIn a special two hour American Inventor, Peter Jones and Doug Hall each mentor three inventors before selecting one each to move forward in the competition.  Peter Jones mentors Bobby Amore, who is the inventor of the Tonerbelt; Jodi Pliszka, who is the inventor of The Headliner; and Ed Hall, who is the inventor of the Word Ace.  Peter advises Bobby that he needs to make his belt idiot-proof, advises Jodi that she needs to expand her product market, and advises Ed to make his game fun.

Bobby has trouble with the design group following his direction, Jodi also struggles with her designers who want to add fans and cooling gels to her product, and Ed faces the challenge of the design team having to dismantle his product to make his requested changes.  Bobby hires a second design team, Jodi puts her foot down with her design team, and Ed has an emotional breakdown on the phone with his mother. 

In the end, Ed gets his product together and it tests well with children.  Peter Jones puts Ed Hall through to the next round, telling him that he believes it could become America’s best selling electronic game.

Doug Hall mentors Joe & Jenny Safuto, who is the inventor of the Flush Pure Toilet Seat; Sharon Clemens, who is the inventor of the Restroom Door Clip; and Janusz Liberkowski, who is the inventor of the Spherical Safety Seat.  Doug Hall advises Sharon to create a bathroom survival kit, advises Janusz to find a tech geek that says his invention works, and advises Joe & Jenny to improve their presentation.

Sharon feels her design team is going off in left field and fires them, Janusz faces challenges with getting his product designed in time, and Joe gets in a screaming match with his design team.  In the end, all three inventors improve their products and leave Doug Hall with a tough decision to make.  Doug Hall puts Janusz Liberkowski through to the next round. 

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6 Responses to “American Inventor: Ed Hall & Janusz Liberkowski Advance To The Final Four”

  1. Chris Nicholson Says:
    May 5th, 2006 at 11:19 am

    Did anybody catch them saying how the brackets of each three semi-finalists were selected? You’d think it would be random unless they said otherwise, but it sure looked seeded to me, ie the car seat the the bicycle guys weren’t up against each other.

    Perhaps Simon C. and company learned from AI-2 when Reuben, Clay and Kimberly Caldwell all ended up in the same bracket, and Clay only made it to the Top 10 by virtue of a wildcard.

  2. Anonymous Says:
    May 5th, 2006 at 12:05 pm

    I think Janusz should win. He is the only one that has an original invention. I will so buy his invention. It saves lives and it is not out there in the market.

  3. simmssays Says:
    May 5th, 2006 at 6:53 pm

    It will be interesting to hear Doug Hall who is going to be live blogging this Sunday night at http://www.americaniventorspot.com.

    I hear the toilet couple are going to come on so will it be a heated or a nice dialogue.

  4. Anonymous Says:
    May 5th, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    i dont think Janusz invention will work. The sudden stop causes an infants undeveloped body to explode and or suffer internal injuries.. Going around in a circele isnt going to prevent the sudden stop which jars the child. Saw it. Horrendous. A matter of scientific investigations..g forces etc.

  5. Chris Nicholson Says:
    May 7th, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    In response to two previous comments,yes, Janusz’s seat is what this competition is all about. It’s something truly original that could revolutionize auto safety. Would it work? I’m not sure, but I’d argue that the million dollars would do more for his invention than anybody elses, not to mention the HOME RUN potential.

    I think it might actually work, as the force of the jolt will be absorbed by the motion. Current car seats absorb some of the force, but they don’t redirect that force.

  6. Chris McCoy Says:
    May 12th, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    In response to the last few posts, the concept behind the car seat does work. Transferring the impact/inertial energy into motion is nothing new. The G-Force a child will receive will be distributed across their back and into the motion of the gyro. The only real question is whether they can get the same transfer without all the bulk Janouz designed into his current mock-up. It’s still a big contraption. I also think side impact and rear impact need to be measured, but I really like his concept. He will be the clear winner this week when the votes are counted.


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