June 06, 2007 10:45 PM by Joe Blackmon
American Inventor kicked off its second season with auditions in Los
Angeles and San Francisco. Peter Jones was the only judge remaining
from the first season, and he was joined by George Foreman, Sara
Blakely, and Pat Croce. Just like on the first American Inventor, the
judges sat through viewing many unusual inventions to find only a
select few with potential.
Jamshid Hatami was the inventor of head gear, which was basically a strap that went on the back of a cap to hold the head up. Peter Jones said “Are you mad? You must be mad.” All four judges voted no. Kim Douglas was the inventor of a barf bag for carsick canines. Peter Jones said “You’ve invented something that doesn’t need to be invented, no way.” All four judges once again were unanimous in voting no.
Richard Dessert Jr. and Sr. were the inventors of the fire escape suit. Despite the inventors’ belief that the product could save lives, the judges voted no. Debi Solomon was the inventor of the AutoBib, which was a disposable bib for traveling adults and children. Even though Peter Jones voted no, the other three judges voted yes.
Gary Severen was the inventor of the pot sniffer, which was a room air deodorizer that hung on the side of a toilet bowl. Even though George Foreman voted yes, the other three judges voted no. Rayfil Wong was the inventor of the sober key, which was a straw that someone blows in that will only allow them to start their car if they are sober. Even though George Foreman once again voted yes, the other three judges voted no. Anthony Moebest was the inventor of the diaper wipe, which was a diaper with a package of wipes on the front. Of course, George Foreman voted yes, while all three other judges voted no.
Steven Cousineau was the inventor of the wheels of change, which was basically a wheel hubcap for a bicycle. Even George Foreman joined the other three judges in voting no. Bridgette Camarena was the inventor of biodegradable paper imbedded with ink images that activate with urine. The purpose of the invention was to teach children how to use the toilet. Bidgette had spend $11,000 developing her invention, and Peter Jones said “The $11,000 you’ve spent has actually gone down the toilet.”
Richard Kopelle was the inventor of My Therapy Buddy, which was a doll that says “everything is going to be alright.” Even though Richard was rejected last year and Peter Jones once again voted no, the other three judges voted yes, and Richard’s invention was vindicated. Firefighter Greg Chavez was the inventor of the guardian angel, which was a fire protection system for a Christmas tree. Even though Pat Croce voted no, the other three judges voted yes.