TracyFortuny wrote:The deaf teen inventor had a good idea - to help deaf people text message friends and family eachother on the spot. This invention would include him in family conversations. But Peter and the others didn't feel that was as important as a SARAN WRAP DISPENSER.
No, they didn't pick it because they didn't think a working prototype could be made for $50,000. And they're right. Chris had an idea, but that's all it was. It would take at the very least several million (more likely tens of millions) dollars to make a handheld prototype, assuming you could even get it to work in an uncontrolled environment. What could Chris have shown them if he'd be picked as a finalist? After $50,000, nothing really. That's not interesting for the audience. Not that I'm defending the Wrapaway. That really didn't need $50,000 spent on it. Heck, I could have made a stainless version for $200. I have no idea what that design company spent four weeks and $50k on.
Be honest, do you really think nobody at the big corporations has ever thought up an idea as basic as this, a handheld voice recognition and speech synthesizer? They haven't pursued it for good reasons, mainly enormous technological obstacles to overcome.