The Dawn of Color TVs

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It’s 2016 and as we sit here with our tablets, iPhones and flat and curved-screen TVs, it’s probably hard to imagine a life without technology, let alone color.

Well, it wasn’t until June 25, 1951 that the idea of a color TV program came to fruition. Yes, it’s no shock and it’s likely common knowledge that before this moment in history, the picture on the TV screen was in black and white.

It was on this day 64 years ago that CBS broadcast the first commercial TV program in color. Though this made television watching more enjoyable, the only problem was that not many could watch the program since the vast majority of households still had only black-and-white televisions.

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This wasn’t the first time that color was being considered for television. In fact, in 1948, the idea had been entertained, but when a scuffle of sorts took place within the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over the request for new TV stations and the fear of congesting the number of channels available, the FCC paused all new licenses while ironing out the issue.

So, it wasn’t until 1951 that CBS aired the first color commercial. By that time, the market had dramatically changed. Back in 1948, there were less than a million television sets and by 1951, there were well over 10 million.

What was the first color program? It was actually a musical variety special, Premiere, that was shown over a network of five CBS affiliates on the east coast. Like we mentioned before, the viewing of this program was restricted, because the program wasn’t available on black-and-white television sets.

It was estimated that in the New York area, there were only about 30 prototype color receivers available.

But, as time went on, more and more meetings between the FCC and the networks were taking place. Slowly, but surely, in the mid-1950s, more and more broadcasters in the United States and Canada were adapting to color broadcasts. It wasn’t until about the 1960s that the public actually began to buy color TVs.

The next time you’re relaxing and watching TV, take a second to think that only 64 years ago, the beautiful color picture that you’re watching was just getting started.

Now that’s some innovation!

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Hollywood Celebrities Innovate with Davison

At Davison, we take pride in helping many aspiring inventors fine-tune their invention ideas and turn them into new products. As we bring ideas through our product development process, our dedicated team and clients both hope for product success.

With the help of our licensing department, Davison has moved new products into more than 1,200 retail and online stores! In terms of “product success,” we’d say this is a pretty big deal for those clients who’ve had the opportunity to see and touch their products on store shelves!

Clients came to Davison for inventing expertise and innovation. Stores have found Davison products to be innovative enough for the shelves. And lately, that innovation has driven celebrities to stamp their approval on Davison client products!

Diana’s Chilly Mat

Diana couldn’t stand to see her precious pets panting from the heat. Through our product development process, Davison was able to bring designs for Diana’s “Chilly Mat” to life and to store shelves! After selling in stores like Home Depot, Wayfair and, the Chilly Mat made its way into the hands and packaging of pet-lover Paula Deen!

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Jennifer’s Hanger Pockets

Jennifer came to Davison with her idea for Hanger Pockets as a convenient way to organize and pair accessories with their matching outfits! Though she loved the original product design and packaging, when she found out it was being licensed and repackaged under her cooking and baking mentor Paula Deen’s Everyday collection for Jokari/US, Inc., she was thrilled!

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Jean’s Meatball Baker

If there’s one well known QVC chef that knows how to cook healthier, it’s Chef Tony Notaro! So, how perfect would it be that Davison client Jean’s Meatball Baker that elevates meatballs out of their own grease when baking would stir up an idea for yet another new product? The Bacon Baker became part of Love Cooking Company’s Chef Tony line of healthy bakeware.

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Justin’s Dessert Diva

Davison client Justin had an idea for a better way to carry and serve tasty treats and desserts. While his original product was licensed to Love Cooking Company, who would have thought that an entire line of new carry and serve options would later be derived from Justin’s original product! Just check out Love Cooking Company’s new Decadent Delights collection by leading wedding and entertaining expert David Tutera!

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Congratulations to these and other clients who’ve gotten to see their product reach “celebrity status!” Do you need help with your idea? Confidentially submit your invention idea today!

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

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Monday’s Motivation: Positive Client Feedback

Mondays are meant for motivation and today, we’re giving you a glimpse into what keeps us motivated to provide our clients with the best service possible.

There’s no doubt that all of our clients’ feedback over the years has been extremely valuable.

Whether we receive suggestions, comments or even ideas on how to improve our services, we put them to good use and infuse them into our work to provide an even better inventing method.

For a boost in the motivation department, we would like to share with you some of the positive feedback that we’ve gotten from our happy clients that have received our Pre-Development Portfolios.

Without further ado, here are five pieces of motivating feedback from real Davison clients:

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“I feel Davison is a great company because they are very helpful.” – Philip L.

“Davison is doing a great job on my behalf.” –Paul J.

“Davison is the best of all. I’m so glad to have found you!!!” ­– Wayland H.

“Thank you for such an awesome experience. I am grateful.” ­ ­- Tina F.

“Thank you for your expertise in everything!” ­–Lelia F.

If you’re ready to make your inventing dream a reality, submit your invention idea today!

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The typical client project is not licensed, sold in stores or profitable.

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Charles Goodyear’s Big Invention

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Did you know that on this day in 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanized rubber?

His last name might ring a bell and if you were thinking, “Could this be the man behind Goodyear Tires?” you would be correct!

Charles Goodyear was an American inventor who discovered the innovative process of vulcanized rubber.

His story begins in 1834 when he began to experiment with natural rubber. Five years later in 1839 by way of an accident, he discovered the process of vulcanization.

Let’s pause for a quick science lesson.

Vulcanization is essentially a chemical process that’s used to convert natural rubber or related polymers into more durable materials through the addition of sulfur and other accelerators or curatives.

OK – Back to the story.

So, after making this discovery, Goodyear realized that he was on to something! It was at this moment that he became determined and laser-focused on finding a better way to make rubber more stable.

Along his journey, Goodyear lived a very meager life. He didn’t have much to his name and lived for years off of the money that he received from investors.

Despite his financial woes, Goodyear continued on with his unwavering inventing spirit and, as we mentioned before, given the fact that the rubber industry in America was starting to plummet, he discovered that through vulcanization he could make rubber melt-proof and reliable.

Ten years after his journey started, Goodyear received a patent for his process, licensed it to manufacturers and made history.

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Charles Goodyear’s story is a great example of how strong and resilient the inventing spirit can be. Though curveballs were thrown at him along the way, Goodyear kept his head down and feverishly worked to make his dreams a reality.

Are you going to take a page out of Charles Goodyear’s book? Submit your invention idea, today!

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How to Enjoy the Ups and Downs of the Inventing Journey

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Now that the kids are out of school and summer vacation is here, pool days, sleepovers, baseball games and theme park trips might be on the agenda this year.

Even though school is no longer in session, in today’s blog, we’re going to provide you with some helpful lessons to keep your mind on the end goal during your inventing journey.

Much like a rollercoaster, from the minute you start your invention ride, you’ll be taken on a trip that’s filled with ups and downs, and twists and turns. So, let’s throw our hands up in the air to enjoy the ride and stay motivated! Here’s how.

Why are you doing this?

Most inventions are solutions to problems. So, before you begin, a good exercise is to find your why –your passion. What’s the driving force behind why you want this product to succeed? Why is this invention so important to you? If you can commit yourself to this frame of mind, you can keep your mind on the end goal and remain focused, no matter what happens along the way.

Have a buddy.

When you are ready to climb on board a rollercoaster, you likely will be bringing along that person who shares in your excitement or someone who is there to push you beyond your comfort zone and provides you with some solace when you’re scared. If you have a person like that in your life, ask them to be your support system throughout your inventing journey. Treat them as your confidante, a trustworthy person you can bounce ideas off of and someone that will support you on your journey.

Stay on track.

Sometimes there are rollercoasters with a track that’s so smooth you glide right along. Other times, there are more unsteady tracks that’ll still propel you forward, but you’ll feel a bump here and there. Depending on your ride, there will be a healthy mix of smoothness and bumpiness. But, at the end of the day, each track has the potential to lead to you to the ultimate goal. As is with everything in life, change is a constant and it’s how you deal with change that can either lead to a positive or negative experience. While on your inventing ride, not everything will fall into place perfectly or how you expected. Though you may imagine that you’ll be on the smooth track from start to finish, the reality of the matter is that there are tracks along the way that could throw you for a loop. Stay positive and keep an open mind throughout and enjoy your ride.

Are you ready to buckle up and start your ride? Submit your invention idea, today!

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