June 21, 2007 12:14 AM by Joe Blackmon
The American Inventor judges didn’t seem to find many inventions that
they liked in the first round of Chicago and New York auditions. The
tone was set right from the start when Carlo Giansanti showed off his
invention of a copper mesh that could be worn on the head. Carlo
claimed that the copper kept people healthy, but the judges didn’t buy
James Davis invented the dry swim trainer. James said the invention would help people exercise like they were swimming without the water. Tom Jermyn invented the body squeegee towel saver, which was a device to dry the body after a shower. Sophia Kandelaki invented a jewelry box with a long list of features. John Lorinz invented safe sex in a bottle, which was a small bottle with a condom inside that attached to a keychain. All four inventors met with quick rejection from the judges.
One of the most heartbreaking rejections was nine year old Molly Balevre, who invented the musical sneaker. The judges split with two judges voting yes and two judges voting no, so Molly did not make it through. Molly started crying, and George Foreman gave her a hug.
The judges did approve a couple inventions. Elmer George invented whiz ball, which was a two handed paddle ball. Sandra Erickson invented the peel away shower curtain. Christina Raitano invented the cart cure handle cover. John & Henrietta Sparks invented the dog ball. Wesley Caudill invented expert racers. All five were put through as finalists by the judges.
However, the judges soon returned to rejecting inventions. Howard Batterman invented finger tunes, which was a glove that played music. Joe Sparks invented the easy run belt. Dean Rose invented Ins-Tan-Abs. Steven Fry invented the six tab. Steve Imes invented the wee-pod. David Le invented a helmet attached to shoulder pads. Silvio DiSalvatore invented the Black Cougar, which was a superhero whose one goal was to protect children. All seven inventors did not make it to the next round.