Maria of Los Angeles wrote:At least one of the inventions shown on the premiere show was presented in a dishonest way, which isn't fair to the inventors. I was at the auditions in LA and saw the Fire Escape Suit (Richard Dessert Jr. and Sr.), heard the description, and was told by staff that they got two YES votes and two No votes. The show featured the two no votes and let viewers assume all four were negative. Also, one of the judges described the prototype as aluminum, when the product was actually a special fireproof material.
Misrepresenting inventions ironically makes the show a negative experience for potential inventors, whose products can be misrepresented.
While I'd never buy the prototype shown, obviously, I'd like to see a final professional product and would probably buy it to keep under my desk at work and under my bed at home. It lets you breathe and avoid sparks igniting you clothes while you escape a fire. Sounded good to me.
You're overreacting. I, for one, never assumed it was four "no" votes. I knew two was enough to get them kicked off and that's all I really needed to see. The only time I expect to see all four nos is when it's a really stupid idea, like the bicycle wheels.
That prototype was aluminized. That's why it's silver colored. And it's also a bad idea. I would have voted no, too. There's no provision for filtering air, which is bad if the entire room is filled with smoke all the way down to the floor. If these guys had actually done their research, they'd know the vast majority of fire deaths (up to 95%) is because of smoke inhalation, not because of "sparks igniting clothes" or even falling debris. If you're going to run close to a fire or run into backdraft, this won't save you. It's also more important to have good mobility, the ability to move quickly and feel your way around when visibility is limited by smoke. You can't do either in this so-called fire escape suit. You're more likely to trip and fall. And how would you open doors without hands? You're much better off buying one of the activated charcoal filter masks made for escaping fires.