Innovation Nation: Series 1
Each episode of this show will tell the fascinating stories behind the world’s greatest inventions – and the perseverance, passion and price required to bring them to life.
Awards: Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Class Series
Part 1: Microscopic Windmills
Host Mo Rocca shows us teen inventors who are out to stop distracted driving; how Thomas Edisons inventions still make us all look like slackers; that the drone invasion is upon us; and how windmills the size of a flea could revolutionize electric power.
Part 2: Medical McGyver
Host Mo Rocca leeds off with a medical MacGyver who makes health devices from toys; also we look at “train spinning”; computerized smart shopping carts; and answer the question – can we light the world with soda bottles?
Part 3: Voice Magic of Auto Tune
Host Mo Rocca shows us the creator of the pop singers best friend, Auto-Tune; in other segments we learn about Rosa Parks and the bus that changed the world of race relations; how humanoid robots are making it into the mainstream; and see how we can skim the plastics from our oceans.
Part 4: Algae Girl
Host Mo Rocca shows a girl who is pioneering oil-producing algae by growing it under her bed; we look at the Wright brothers building the first plane; innovations in pet tech; and a 3D printing pen.
Part 5: Hollow Flashlight Girl
Host Mo Rocca shows us a teen who invented a battery-free flashlight; how we can diagnose million-dollar violins with CAT scans; cloth that generates electricity; and asks the question – Is payment technology making wallets extinct?
Part 6: Nano Clothes
Host Mo Rocca shows us how nanotechnology could make dirty clothes a thing of the past; how food packaging has changed how we shop; and in other segments we see innovations that are taking the frustration out of finding that parking space; inventions to make sure you never lose your keys again.
Part 7: Aging Software
Mo Rocca shows us how software that can accurately age any facial picture up to that of an 80 year-old; in other segments we see a futuristic portable home of the past; emergency tech — how to stay in touch when the power goes out; and how actress Hedy Lamarr changed our wireless world.
Part 8: 3D Printed Food
Mo Rocca shows us that soon you may be able to print your pancakes! In other segments we learn about Igor Sikorsky, the father of the helicopter; recording sound off of leaves; and how you may never lose anything again.
Part 9: Armband Mouse
Mo Rocca shows us inventors who are making any car a self-drive vehicle; in other segments we learn that Henry Ford was also the father of soybeans; we meet the inventors of the armband computer mouse; and see how floating wind turbines capture the high-altitude winds.
Part 10: Salmon Cannon
Mo Rocca shows us the invention that shoots spawning salmon over man-made obstructions as they swim upstream; we visit the Noah Webster Home, where the first American dictionary was written; and we meet the inventor of a soccer ball that generates plug-in power.
Part 11: Electric Soccer Ball
Host Mo Rocca shows us the inventor of a soccer ball that generates plug-in power; Igor Sikorsky, the father of the helicopter; saving lives with Snake Robots; and the Penguin Chick Bot that is giving researchers a new view into the penguin world.
Part 12: Electric Paint
Mo Rocca shows us the biker dudes whove invented elaborate paint that lights up; in other segments we learn about the return of wrinkled sheep; the inventor of the Elio 3-wheeled car; and the teen who invented a way to clean water with water.