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This week, co-host George Zaidan meets with former NCAA basketball player Curtis Smith, inventor of Lazer 900. Zaidan immediately notices problems in the amount of steps the user needs to take to just turn on the machine, but likes the interactivity.

Lazer 900 is an interactive computerized training system that modernizes drills. According to their website, the machine “delivers ball-handling drills from the top NBA skills coaches and trainers directly to users around the world. Powered by award-winning software, it’s the world’s first motion-based cardio trainer designed to mimic the movements of pro basketball without the rim.” Users can dribble the basketball to the audio track’s tempo and train based on the individual’s movements. The machine costs $4,999 and features more than 1 million signature workouts, move progressions and three adjustable speeds.

Zaidan puts it to the test and compares it to “Dance Dance Revolution.” He is even more impressed when Smith demonstrates its high-level capabilities. The software is proprietary, but Zaidan finds the design non-functional. His target market is colleges and universities, especially Division I schools, but Zaidan believes it needs to get into every gym in Americ, including those of NBA teams.

Zaidan then takes the machine to the engineers at Bluefish Concepts, explaining that there needs to be an easier way to turn it on, make it much more lightweight and cheaper to produce. Smith is impressed with the redesign, which includes taking away the bulky box and adding one simple switch to the bottom.

They then take it to a field test with young basketball players in order to convince Smith that there’s a much wider market than just Division I schools. Both the coaches and the players like the concept, calling it a fun way to become motivated.

For the pitch, Smith has the opportunity to meet with Patrick Chung and he is asking for $225,000 for 15 percent equity. Chung wants to see how it works live and is impressed. He likes the margins, but worries that the lack of a software development team will make it difficult to fix any future issues with the machine once it’s placed on a campus. Smith attempts to assure him that he would be willing to take the calls and fix problems but Chung worries that it would be extremely hard to grow.

Chung decides not to make an investment given the lack of detail in how he would develop a team to grow the business. According to the update, he secured a six-figure investment elsewhere and has gotten onto college campuses since appearing on the show.

“Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” works to turn a million dollar idea to a million dollar invention. Hosts and engineering experts George Zaidan and Deanne Bell find entrepreneurs with revolutionary ideas, take a look at their prototype and help take the product to the next level. According to CNBC, “Top engineers scour the country looking for amazing ideas they’re convinced can make big money. They’ll track down the inventors and give them a second chance to bring their ideas and dreams to life.” The hosts also have the opportunity to hear their pitch before taking the product to an investor, as well as connect with the inventor by hearing their backstories.

“Make Me A Millionaire Inventor” airs every Thursday night at 10 p.m. on CNBC.

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