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Ed Curran Discusses Search for Invention Contest Winners

Aired September 12, 2000 - 2:51 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Now, we're going to get Natalie up to speed on what she missed last week while she was at the beach getting sand between....

NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Oh, I was watching.

WATERS: Oh, you were. Ed Curran, our "Gadget Guy," who's here every week, is doing the top entries in the Invention Convention in New York. And he's back.

ALLEN: and I hear he's got the winners. In fact, he's wearing one of the winners. It's not cold in the studio.

Hi there, Ed.

ED CURRAN, TECHNOGADGET GUY: Hi. How are you?

ALLEN: Good.

CURRAN: This is one of the winners of the Invention contest. The Hammacher Schlemmer Search for Invention Contest comes up with four winners in different categories and then a fifth grand-prize winner.

Now, this was one of the cool items that I said might be a winner. It's a jacket that has solar panels on the back, so during the daytime, when it's sunny out, the solar panels collect a charge that charge up batteries. Later in the day, when it gets cooler outside, the batteries power an element inside the jacket that keeps it nice and toasty warm. Winner of a $1,000 prize in the contest.

While we're talking about powered clothes, we have the Cap Lamp, also a winner in its category.

(LAUGHTER)

I know you love this.

WATERS: I know.

CURRAN: It's like a takeoff on the miner's, the miner's lamp, right?

WATERS: It's you, Ed. CURRAN: It goes on the bottom of a baseball style cap, and it won one of the $1,000 prizes.

ALLEN: You don't have to have lights in the baseball stadium anymore?

(LAUGHTER)

Never mind.

WATERS: Never mind. Go ahead, Ed.

CURRAN: We'll get you one of those, OK. This is Bit-Grip, and what it does, it's a little belt that goes around your drill here or any other tool, and it holds bits and screws and things like that. It's a winner also of a $1,000 prize in the contest.

And also, our favorite, Fish N'Chum. This goes -- this is really wonderful. This thing fits on your lower leg. All right.

WATERS: Of course.

CURRAN: And it holds your fishing pole...

ALLEN: I need that.

CURRAN: ... like this. All right. So it holds the fishing pole, and as you can see, that's our fishing pole and it holds it like that. And we fish with that on our lower leg. Now...

(LAUGHTER)

WATERS: Which leaves your hands free.

CURRAN: ... I'm going over here to the grand-prize winner of the contest. Here's the grand-prize winner. This is a swirling shade. This takes the place of your patio umbrella. It's a very clever idea. And it goes over you while you're out there in the sun, shades you from the sun. As you can see, it's very versatile: It swirls; it also can adjust up and down so it's more like a traditional umbrella. Horst Lebrecht was the inventor of this, very clever, wins $5,000 in the Hammacher Schlemmer Search for Invention Contest.

Now, here is a brand-new product that is going to launch this week. It launches on Friday, the 15th, and it's from Sony and a company called Emark. This little high-tech device costs only $20 and it solves an age-old problem. You're driving in the car. You suddenly hear something on the radio that you really enjoy, a song you hear on the radio. All you have to do is press this button and it marks the song for you. Then you go to your computer, you slide this into here. There's a little USB port on here. You slide it in here, and all your songs that you like that played at that time come up here on the computer.

You can see what the song was. You can actually go over to the side here, if I can, and pick out the song. And you can actually play a little bit of the song, if we can. And it'll play you a little bit of the song to identify the song for you so that you know that's the actual song you heard. And then it, of course, allows you to go in there and actually purchase the song as well.

So it's playing some of the song now.

So this is Emarker, and it's Emarker.com. And you can find out more and own one of these. For just $20 you can name that tune.

WATERS: How do it know?

CURRAN: It really just takes a time cue, and then when it goes into your personal account, it just plugs in the times that you heard that into your favorite radio stations and shows you what your radio station is playing at that time.

ALLEN: Oh, I got you.

CURRAN: So it's a real cool idea, $20. Can't go wrong.

ALLEN: We insist on one of those leg fisheries for Christmas. OK.

CURRAN: OK.

ALLEN: We both want to sit here and anchor the news and fish.

WATERS: Yes. Leave our hands...

CURRAN: It could be the next pocket fisherman, right?

ALLEN: I love that. I love that.

WATERS: What's coming next week, Ed?

CURRAN: Oh, next week, we'll have some more very high-tech things. I'll be there with you and let you try some things in person.

WATERS: OK.

ALLEN: All right. Bring us the jacket. I love that.

Those are great. Those are really great inventions that people came up with. Hats off to Hammacher Schlemmer.

WATERS: Yes. They may be available on the market soon.

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