May 12, 2006 12:59 AM by Joe Blackmon
We had high hopes for Simon Cowell’s American Inventor show. We thought the show would grow stronger as it got closer to the finale, but the exact opposite has happened. While the show did succeed in finding four inventors that viewers can really relate to and form a bond with, there has been way too much filler time in the show. In two hours that was half-filled by another unnecessary recap show, the final four American Inventors produced commercials about their inventions and presented them to the judges for review.
First up was Erik Thompson, who invented the Receiver’s Training Pole. Erik has been one of the most passionate and enthusiastic presenters in the competition, but his commercial was lacking. He didn’t succeed in capturing the true excitement of his product in his commercial. Second up was Francisco Patino, who invented the Double Traction Bike. Francisco succeeded in producing a visually pleasing commercial, but it also did very little to explain or sell his product. Ed Hall, who invented the Word Ace, was the third inventor to present his commercial. Ed did a much better job in explaining his product in his commercial, but it’s the typical commercial you would expect to see for an electronic gaming product. Janusz Liberkowski, who invented the Spherical Safety Seat, was the last inventor to present his commercial. Janusz succeeds in producing the best commercial. It actually delivers a message that is a strong motivator for people to buy his product.
So who will win American Inventor? We almost wish they would split the money between the four, because they all seem to have put their hearts into their products. Ed Hall and Francisco Patino have produced the products that have the most broad-based consumer appeal. On the other hand, Erik Thompson has produced a product that serves a well-defined niche and might have the best chance at being profitable. However, our prediction is that Janusz Liberkowski will win the competition. Even though it is probably more unproven than the other inventions, it is an invention that everyone would like to see become a reality. The other inventions basically improve quality of life, but Janusz invention could save lives.
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