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Innovation, Innovative Inventions

 

KFC Tray Typer

Image: The Verge

Perhaps you’ve been in a situation like this before, you’ve just sat down to a meal at KFC and as soon as you pick up your first piece of fried chicken, your phone lights up with a notification of some sort. At this point, your hands are covered in grease and you’re faced with the decision to keep eating or attempt to use your phone without getting too much grease on the screen.

Well, the fast food chain noticed this problem and, in turn, wanted to find a solution. So, KFC came up with Tray Typers, which were Bluetooth keyboards that were installed into food trays. The trays would sync with the customers’ smartphones and tablets, so KFC lovers could enjoy their meal without missing a text.

This advertising campaign only lasted a week in its locations in Germany; and, during that week, each order came with the tray for those patrons who decided to dine-in.

The paper-thin, wireless Tray Typer was resistant to liquids and grease, so if a person accidentally spilled their soda or dropped a piece of chicken on their tray, it didn’t pose any problems. In fact, the keyboards were disposable and could be reused and recharged via USB.

As intriguing as the Tray Typers were, we won’t be seeing them in the United States.

Sadly enough, KFC lovers in America will just have to find a Better Way to eat KFC and use their smartphone on their own! But, as The Verge described it, this invention was “finger clickin’ good!”

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2015/05/20/kfc-tray-typer-bluetooth-keyboard/

http://www.theverge.com/2015/5/19/8624295/kfc-tray-typer-wireless-bluetooth-keyboard

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Celebrating National Inventors Month the Davison Way!

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Twister Bolts

What better way to celebrate our industry and National Inventors Month than by discovering some of the fruits of our clients’ and our own labor?

Well, today, we’ve got news from our founder and CEO George Davison that takes our National Inventors Month celebration to a multi-branded level!

You’re may already be familiar with our clients, Gary and Ruth. Their invention, Twister Bolts, has been one of the most successful products that we’ve ever designed.

Not only do the Twister Bolts continue to sell at major hardware retailers like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Ace Hardware; but, Gary and Ruth continue to collect royalties on their Better Way to secure toilets to bathroom floors.

Maybe you’ve even seen Twister Bolts at a local hardware store before. But, what Mr. Davison has to reveal about Home Depot’s own private label, Everbilt, we can guarantee that you’ve never seen until now. In fact, now you can even see it nationwide!

Hear it straight from Mr. Davison here:

Talk about some major product success! As Mr. Davison explained, once a client finds a Better Way to do something and it is designed, then licensed, it can be branded under multiple names and sell in several different stores… all at the same time!

So, this week, we’re celebrating National Inventors Month by showcasing our clients, Gary and Ruth, and their multi-branded success with Twister Bolts! Congratulations to Gary, Ruth and everyone at Davison and our very own invention factory Inventionland who helped them bring their Better Way to stores nationwide!

Happy National Inventors Month!

Copyright Davison, 2015

This client has realized a profit on this product.

A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

 

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Get InspiRED by this Paperbridge

Innovation, Innovative Inventions

 

Image from Mashable

Innovation comes in all shapes and sizes. Since it’s National Inventors Month, which is a month-long celebration of invention and creativity, we wanted to celebrate by finding some out-of-the-box innovation- and that’s exactly what we did!

What do you get when you mix 20,000 sheets of bright red paper with innovation? The answer, you might ask, is a weight-bearing bridge.

Sure, paper has been and is still used to hold inventors’ ideas, from random thoughts to sketches of their dream inventions. But, a British artist by the name of Steve Messam took this idea to a whole new level when he used 20,000 bright red sheets of paper to invent a bridge across a stream in the United Kingdom’s Lake District.

The Paperbridge project was commissioned by the Lakes Culture tourism organization and is a weight-bearing arch that’s weighted on either side with steel gabions that are filled with local stone.

The eye-catching red bridge was made from a series of “blocks.” These “blocks” were made of two reams of paper, which translates to 1,000 sheets.

In order to get the arch look, arched plywood form was used and placed between the two supports. By doing so, this allowed the blocks to be stacked in position over the water. Between each block were 1.5 degree wedges and the final wedge was hammered into the apex to create the right compression before the wood frame was removed.

You might be shocked to know that the Paperbridge was held together only by compression – not glue!

Just like any invention, there are some roadblocks and for the Paperbridge, this was ensuring that it could withstand weather, curious people and wandering animals.

In fact, the Paperbridge could withstand its own weight- or the equivalent of 60 sheep.

Why the peculiar color? Messam chose the intense red color to highlight and bring out the green of the surrounding hills to make them look even greener.

So how do these 20,000 papers stack up environmentally? Messam was careful to ensure that the total footprint was close to zero. Once the project’s 10-day lifespan ended on May 18, the paper was then taken to a recycling facility.

Are you inspiRED by the Paperbridge?

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://www.dezeen.com/2015/05/17/steve-messam-red-paperbridge-20000-sheets-paper-bridge-lake-district-uk/

http://www.designboom.com/art/steve-messam-paper-bridge-cumbria-uk-05-13-2015/

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The 2015 National Hardware Show: All About Making and Strengthening Connections!

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2015 National Hardware Show

If the buzz we’ve already received from last week’s National Hardware Show is true, Davison and our very own invention factory, Inventionland, are in for an even more exciting year ahead. Last week, we were in sunny Las Vegas meeting with some of the 2,500 exhibitors who represented over 15 product categories.

The 2015 National Hardware Show was the perfect platform to explore the products and exhibitors in the industry. This trade show allows us to connect face-to-face with the people behind the brands and products!

This year, we sent Davison representatives to explore the trade show and make connections; and, that’s exactly what they did!

Our reps met with big-name companies that cater to catalog, seasonal and fourth quarter items. They also touched base with a company that represents some popular lifestyle brands. But, they didn’t stop there!

Davison and Inventionland reps talked with companies that specialize in the tool and hardware industry, the juvenile industry and the outdoor products industry.

It sounds like our representatives covered a lot of ground in their three days at the National Hardware Show! But, you know what they say, “Seeing is believing.” So, here’s even more proof! In total, our representatives made connections that covered over 22 miles! Yes, you read that right, 22 miles!

Stay tuned to see where those 22 miles will lead us this year!

Here are some more pictures of the event straight from the National Hardware Show’s Instagram page!

Copyright Davison, 2015

 

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In the News: The Davison-designed Clip & Drain

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Davison- designed Clip & Drain

It’s National Inventors Month and this month-long event celebrates inventions and creativity; at Davison, we have lots of both, thanks to our innovative inventors!

On Wednesday, May 6, one of our client’s inventions, the Clip & Drain, was featured on NECN, an NBC affiliate in New England.

The Davison-designed Clip & Drain was invented by our client in order to create a Better Way to drain pasta and more. It was featured in the celebrity-edition of “Does it Work?” and we couldn’t be more excited to share the news with you!

Celebrity chef Chris Coombs from Deauxave in Boston’s Back Bay put our client’s invention to the test to see if the Clip & Drain would live up to its promise of fitting on the edge of most sizes of pots and pans to take the place of bulky colanders.

In the segment, Coombs tested everything from pasta to potatoes to see if the Clip & Drain stood by its tagline: now draining won’t be a strain.

Did the Clip & Drain pass the test? You’ll have to watch the video to find out!

The Clip & Drain is available in stores like Sur La Table, Home Depot and Target to name a few. Get yours today!

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://www.necn.com/news/business/Chefs-Planet-Clip–Drain-302860201.html

The client has not realized a net profit on this product. A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

 

 

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