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American Inventor: Sackmaster, In Brella, Catch Vest

by Keith McDuffee, posted Apr 20th 2006 11:13PM
american inventor(S01E06) Tonight was actually two episodes, but to be honest with you, I didn't even bother sitting through the first one. Why? Because I already saw many of them once, and they weren't all that worth sitting through yet again. And to see more, ones that weren't good enough to show us the first time? No thanks.

I do have one question, though -- whatever happened to those singer dudes who had that nut/shell ashtray thing? They seemed very sure they'd "be famous again," so what happened? I think that was the last we saw of it. Oh well guys, good luck with that fame thing.

Anyway, onto the first finalist round.

If you'd have told me who was cleared to the final four round before I saw the show, I wouldn't have believed you. As I said last week, I was sure the Sackmaster would be at least in the top three, but as we saw this week, that wasn't the case. And you know what? I'm not surprised. While it's a great tool, the inventor was not only cocky about his product, he bought a incredibly expensive suit with the improvement money! I hope the guy knows he made a huge mistake there, one that very well cost him the contest.

The "Un Brella" changes its name to "In Brella," though it's not enough of a change. The prototype is not only unfinished, but it's bulky and impractical. While she did have more motivation than Sackmaster guy, I could see why this simply didn't make the cut and was the first to go.

The "Catch Vest" (I believe that was the final name he chose, though I did see one prototype titled "Catch Elite") had by far the best prototype, but I agree with the judges here -- the market simply isn't large enough. And was it just me or did that video seem very rehearsed and biased? I believe the criteria for winning the contest isn't just how good the product is, but also the inventor's need and drive. This guy definitely had more need than the other two, and he clearly worked harder with the money given to him.

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