"Make Me A Millionaire Inventor" was renewed for a second season. Can inventors really learn something from the show?
The first season of CNBC’s “Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” TV show premiered in August, 2015, and it has been renewed for a second season. Premiering in September, the second season, which is slated to comprise of six episodes (just like the first), promises to scour the nation for some of the best and most innovative thinkers and inventions yet.
I'm an inventor. Should I care about what I see on TV?
Hollywood will always be hollywood; reality shows are, in all likelihood, not completely realistic. But that doesn't mean inventors, entrepreneurs, and those looking to pop the next startup can't learn a thing or two from watching.
OK, so what's the show about?
On a mission to breathe new and profitable life into invention ideas and unearth the diamond embedded in the mud, acclaimed engineers (MIT-trained chemist & educator George Zaidan, and mechanical engineer Deanne Bell, who founded FutureEngineers.org) along with their trusted expert advisers have taken it upon themselves to search the nooks and crannies of the country in search of truly captivating inventions that the world needs to see. The search, they hope, will result in finding genuine inventors with some genius ideas, and seek to turn them into the millionaires they have the potential to be.
Apart from unearthing new and fledgling gems and smoothening their edges, the show also promises to grant the fabled second chances to inventors who have once failed in their invention endeavors, to bring their dreams and invention ideas to the fore and breathe a new life into them. The conceptuality in their dreams and invention ideas will be granted the needed resources and expert aids to transform them into amazing realities.
Apart from transforming the inventor’s concepts into conceived realities, CNBC’s “Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” continues on its amazing mission to help inventors to build, revitalize, test, and perfect their inventions, and also transform them from mere inventors into viable entrepreneurs, capable of pitching their products to the biggest investors.
Airing on CNBC, “Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” is the United States’ number one invention docu-series. The documentary and reality TV show is succinctly hosted by Deanne Bell and George Zaidan. On each episode of the show, distinct inventors divided into two sets, team up with Zaidan (an advisor and chemist) and Bell (a mechanical engineer).
The inventors, looking to obviously earn millions from their inventions, look to these two to aid them in their quest to successfully prepare and perfect their inventions, as they look to potentially attract investors that would help place their products in the market.
Some opinion about whether or not inventors should watch "Make Me A Millionaire Inventor"
So yeah, the description seems to err on the side of a fabulous and baity reality show. It has to; they need viewers.
In my opinion, as an inventor or an entrepreneur, you should probably give watching it a try. But don't watch the show with the jaded vision of how easy it is to completely transform your life from mere blue collar mortal to Robin Leach's Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous. What you really need to do is keep mental notes. Try to look at they ways inventors think about problems and challenges, try to relate to and adopt methods of proving, prototyping, and pitching their ideas and inventions. These are the hidden gems that can lend to your own growth as an inventor.
Apart from this, the show flaunts some just plain cool stuff. Decent story lines, mishaps and fails, even some cool explosions. That alone will keep your interest while you're making a mental checklist of what to - and not to - do.
Some of our favorite (and the coolest) inventions that have been showcased on“Make Me A Millionaire Inventor”
The packbow was invented by Jon Perdue, a Puerto Rican national. As a counterterrorism expert, Perdue delved into the age-old archery market with his invention. The packbow was tagged as a hunting and multi-use survival tool.
Putting a rather new handle and twist on a popular product, Enayat Motahedy’s “Twisty Tint” also made its mark on the show. The episode where the invention was showcased was succinctly named “Reinventing the wheel.” The Centreville, VA, inventor produced a rather sophisticated and improved variant of the window shade on cars.
Wake Wing was designed as a suitable cross between an airplane wing and a wakeboard, by Cory Lunn from Westlake, CA. The idea behind the invention was to create a product that would take flight when it is towed over water by a boat. The sky is indeed the limit.
Invented by Dr. Frank Papay and Dr. Lang Yiu, both of Akron, OH, Smart Googles was designed to be worn by surgeons in order for them to succinctly increase their ability to identify tumors. Smart Googles trumps the current tumor identification system, as it enables surgeons to more precisely identify tumors.
From Ashland, OR, David Vidmar was on the show as the inventor of Glide Cycle, which aims to enable riders to produce momentum with greatly reduced body impact. This is achieved by attaching a webbed strap to springs that were suspended with wheels.
Starring in the show, Jonathan Guy from Austin, TX, showcased his invention which serves to effectively transfer water from a water refill station to wet a lawn. Growver is a robot that works autonomously.
The aesthetic and functional product was invented by Ralph Haney. The Glo-Blades is a colorful accessory adorned to skate ice. The LED skating accessory succinctly creates an amazing effect of ice skating on colorful light.
3-Dimentional Cake Decorator
The vastly innovative 3D printer was invented by Travis Zinger. The cake decorator makes it easy to design cakes with different icing patterns that have been pre-programmed.
Sno Cone Kiosk
Marie and Shane Freeman both of Beaumont, TX, combined to invent an automated vending machine that makes snow cones.
From Encinitas, CA, Jason Hancock, George Flint, Brandon Lashure and J.D Chase combined to build the Skull Cap, which aims to reduce injuries in sports without losing the stylish looks of the hats. Skull Cap lines the sport hats.
Samantha DeMaria of Hoffman Estate, IL, was on CNBC’s “Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” as the proud inventor of the useful Marinara tower. As marinara sauce flows down the holding base that is placed over a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the marinara tower users can easily dip savory items straight and deep into the marinara sauce.
Invented by Bob Merriman and Anthony Gonzalez, the FitGuard aims to indicate the occurrence of injuries. The mouth guard illuminates when an athlete’s head is hit in a contact sport. It aims to identify athletes that need medical attention.
Although it is realistically difficult to make a millionaire out of every inventor, and even as the possibility of an invention hitting it big in the market is equally slim, especially in this current economy which favors the big dogs, the “Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” TV show however gives inventors hope for a successful invention. As the show reveals how hard it is to get invention into the market, it also brings to the fore, the tenacity and determination required to achieve this aim.
Of course, getting an invention to market and actually making sales is not for the fickle minded or the weak. The CNBC’s TV show thus provides inventors with a unique, inventive mind and the zeal to succeed, a viable and grounded avenue to successfully get their ideas and inventions to the target market.