American Inventor

Season 1 Episode 9

Episode 109

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM May 04, 2006 on ABC
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Episode 109
In the fourth of four semi-final rounds, three more of the contestants use the $50,000 prize money to develop their inventions. In this episode Doug Hall mentors and judges the three semi-finalists.

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  • How cool was the winning invention? (SPOILER)

    This episode showed why I decided to start watching this series. Well, mainly just the focus on Janucz's invention.

    First, I'll acknowledge the non-winners: While unsophisticated, Sharon's kit will most likely become a mass-market seller and her husband will be able to retire early after all. Though I'm a guy, I know that I'm glad I don't have to sit down in every public restroom I go to.

    And the Safuto's invention solved a problem. I don't think it's a problem for most of us; but sure, I can see how the infirmed & elderly would benefit from it.

    But the gem was the "Anecia Survival Capsule". If Janusz really can finish the tweaks needed for a real product ... then man, what an invention. From the first moment that he demonstrated it in round one, I thought it had a lot of potential. The cosmetic prototype we saw in this episode looked not only really cool but also feasible; and I saw Doug Hall commenting on an independent blog that it is actually smaller than it looked on camera.

    I wish they went into more detail about the engineering that happened over the 3-month period. To take that concept prototype and turn it into THREE models - one cosmetic and two for crash testing (remember he told the one mechanical engineer to try one approach while he tried his own) - had to require a lot of work. I can only imagine the amount of whiplash that this invention will prevent (which is the major source of trauma to infants in car seats).moreless
Sharon Clemens

Sharon Clemens


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Joseph Safuto

Joseph Safuto


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Jennifer Safuto

Jennifer Safuto


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Design companies that the inventors hired in this episode:
      Sharon Clemens first hired Patton Design to help her add functionality to the Restroom Door Clip, but eventually dropped that company and utilized the services of Impact Design Associates.
      Janusz Liberkowski hired Patton Design to make two different models of the Spherical Safety Seat (which underwent a name change in this episode).
      The Safutos hired 3DID to help them refine Flushpure.

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  • NOTES (2)

    • Winning invention:
      Anecia Survival Capsule (formerly known as the Spherical Safety Seat) by Janusz Liberkowski

    • Inventions in this episode:

      Sharon Clemens
      RESTROOM SURVIVAL KIT (Restroom Door Clip)

      Janusz Liberkowski (advanced)
      ANECIA SURVIVAL CAPSULE (Spherical Safety Seat)

      Joe & Jenny Safuto
      PUREFLUSH (FlushPure)