Mr. Davison Takes Pittsburgh’s KDKA on a “Sweet” Inventionland Tour

Recently, KDKA’s Kristine Sorensen got a sweet taste of our creative workspace, in preparation for next Thursday’s Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation “A Sweet Gesture” fundraising event.

Sorensen’s tour aired during the CBS affiliate’s newscast last week and featured several sweet details not only about Inventionland, but also how the Foundation co-chairs asked Mr. Davison to host the Valentine’s Day event.

He explains how event organizers made up a chocolate prototype to ask him to host the Willy Wonka-themed evening.

“How do you turn down a request like that?” Mr. Davison asks.

Walking Sorensen through Inventionland’s secret bookcase-entrance, which will lead party-goers to the charity event, Mr. Davison explains how Inventionland is a creative mind-set that is meant to inspire inventors.

“This is the creative space that we dream everything up in,” says Mr. Davison.

Sorensen was quick to notice that the fantasy-like environment was much more than just a Disney-esque theme park.

“There’s a surprise at every turn… they’re creating, problem-solving, inventing – and, it’s working, based on the array of products floating through the building that are samples of real success stories,” says Sorensen.

After Sorensen interviews Mr. Davison, she speaks with the “Sweet Gesture” co-chairs, Tori Yoos and Laura Mabon, who explain how they plan to utilize the magnificent facility.

“The entire night is full of many surprises…” says Yoos.  “Everything you can imagine will be here:  food, music, drinks… activities… a fun, fun night.”

All proceeds from “A Sweet Gesture” benefit Children’s Hospital’s Family Life Fund.  For more information on the event, click here.

See Sorensen’s entire Inventionland tour here.

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2013 CES Wrap-Up – A “Who’s Who” of the Electronics Industry

Each year, one of the largest trade shows that Davison’s licensing team attends is the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas.  Aside from seeing the latest and greatest products in the electronics world, the show is an opportunity to meet with current companies that Davison targets for new product presentations and to develop relationships with new companies, too.

We talked with Davison President Frank Vescio, who attended the 2013 CES, held in early January, with Vice President of Business Development and Licensing Dan Simbeck.  According to Vescio, the show includes practically EVERYONE in the electronics industry.

“The way I describe the show is, the front runners in the electronics world, people like Samsung, SONY, Intel etc. and everyone else that sells products to support the products sold by the front runners,” said Vescio.

Taking time out of their schedules to represent Davison at the 2013 CES, Vescio and Simbeck met with contacts from Curtis International, Uninex, Skyline International, Fellowes (body glove), ESI Cases, Headcases, Technocel and Gibson Guitars.

Vesico said that although Davison has contacts in the electronics industry and has signed license agreements with several of them, their goal is to still find a strategic partner (as they have been doing in other industries) to make their mark in the electronics industry.

“Our success in the past has come from forging relationships with progressive companies that want to take their companies to the next level,” said Vescio.  “But, those relationships don’t happen overnight.”

One of the ways that Davison is forging these relationships is by leveraging the work that Dan Simbeck is doing with companies to see how it can apply to other industries. Last week, we showed you a few of the cutting edge products from the show, but if you’re wondering what was the show’s biggest, Vescio said he thinks it was the overwhelmingamount of products that people can personalize before they purchase.

“Seems the latest craze is customizing a product you buy to make it your own.  Whether it’s a tablet, phone, or computer case, you can go online, design it the way you want and a week later it shows up at your house,” said Vescio.

Stay tuned for this dynamic duo’s next trip on the Trade Show circuit:  The 110th annual American International Toy Fair in New York

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Davison Develops Inventor Prototype Into The Best Stink Bug Trap Ever; Watch the Story on Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act”

Breakfast with Davison CEO and Founder George Davison?  Yes, please!

Mr. Davison will be a featured guest on the next episode of Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act,” which airs September 28th and October 5th at 7:00 a.m.

george davison julian smith inventorGiving viewers a look inside the Davison Way to Invent, which allows the everyday people who work with Davison to turn their invention ideas into reality, Mr. Davison will share an innovative “Dare to Invent” webisode, featuring Julian, inventor of The Best Stink Bug Trap Ever.

Before showing the highly entertaining webisode, Mr. Davison will explain just how his better way to invent worked for Julian.

Just like you and me, Julian was an average, everyday person; but, Julian’s Pennsylvania home was filled with uninvited house guests… stink bugs!

He tried every bug repellent and trap on the market, but his stinky visitors continued to claim his home. That’s when Julian took matters into his own hands and even created a model stink bug trap out of a used soda bottle. Armed with his idea and his working trap, Julian came to Davison.

The Davison Creationeers quickly got to work, taking Julian’s working trap and making it more appealing to bug victims, while ensuring it was a friendly fit for company product lines.  After some intense testing, the Best Stink Bug Trap Ever was ready for production!

stink bug problemCongratulations to Mr. Davison, Julian and the entire Davison team for getting our minds crawling with a way to keep uninvited house guests out of our hair!

Be sure to tune in to Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act” tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. and in the coming months, when Mr. Davison will continue to feature Dare to Invent episodes!  Check here for updated dates and times.

“The Balancing Act” is America’s premier one-hour women’s morning show, dedicated to creating trusted solutions for today’s woman and treating viewers to the most current and hot topics, while featuring some of the hottest sports and entertainment industry celebs.

The Lifetime Network can be found on the following channels:

  • DirecTV Channel 252 (SD/HD)
  • Dish Network Channel 108 (SD/HD)
  • Available on most cable systems: Check local listings
  • Verizon FiOS Channel 140 (SD); Channel 640 (HD)
  • AT&T U-verse Channel 360 (SD); Channel 1360 (HD)


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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“Dare to Invent” Pours Over the Creation of the Brownie Bowl

dare to invent brownie bowl

Grab a half cup of flour, one cup of water, 2 eggs and lots of creativity!  This week’s all-new “Dare to Invent” episode hits the kitchen to whip up some exciting baking innovation.

dare to invent brownie bowl 2Tonight’s webisode is the twelfth in our 13-episode series and features Christine Walker, inventor of the Brownie Bowl – a delicious dessert solution that enables bakers and chefs to create fill-able brownie, cookie, cake, and bread bowls.

Christine came up with her Brownie Bowl idea in high school, when she witnessed her boyfriend at the time sloppily soaking the cafeteria cookies in milk.

“I was horrified and thought, ‘I need to put a stop to this,’” Walker says about her boyfriend’s dessert habits. “I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be better in the shape of a bowl?’  That would solve the mess, but still be delicious.”

dare to invent brownie bowl christineChristine shared the idea with her mom, but it wasn’t until she moved to New York City to attend performing arts school that she decided to take action!

Around 2008, Christine, a self-proclaimed obsessive baker, had baked a batch of cookies for her personal trainer.  She told him about her “dunked cookie” idea, not realizing that he already had a connection that just might help her out.

“He said, ‘You have to pursue this!’ He had a friend, who had worked with Davison; [so], I was actually referred… and I took his advice,” said Christine.

With the help of the Creationeers at Davison, Walker’s solution for sloppy sweets is now being sold nationally and on Silicone Brownie Bowl Forms were created by Walker to turn already delectable treats into self-contained snack traps.

dare to invent inventioland george davison brownie bowlThe bowls’ silicone design means the forms are able to cook at pretty much any temperature with any recipe, are dishwasher safe and can cook cakes, breads, brownies, muffins, and, of course, cookies evenly every time.

Join us tonight (on and to find out how Christine’s idea morphed from an answer to her ex-boyfriend’s sloppy snacking to a delightful QVC product and baking-blog darling.



Enjoy the photo gallery below from the Brownie Bowl episode!


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

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Join Mr. D and the Hydro Bone Inventor for another episode of Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act”

George Davison (CEO & Founder of Davison) and inventor of the Hydro Bone Diane DiRaimo (as part of her Dare to Invent episode) will be featured on Lifetime’s “The Balancing Act,” America’s premier one-hour women’s morning show dedicated to creating trusted solutions for today’s woman.

Mr. D will join host Kristy Villa (Tomorrow, Friday, July 13 at 7:00 a.m.) to field questions both before and after Lifetime airs Diane’s episode of “Dare to Invent” – the webisode series that explores what can happen when everyday people with ideas take the leap of faith.

Diane loved taking Alexander James, her Japanese Chin puppy, for rides in the car. However, she had a hard time keeping him hydrated and happy on long trips. She knew putting a water bowl in the car or feeding him out of a water bottle was out of the question… but, she thought, surely there must be a better way to provide Alexander with on-the-spot refreshment!

Diane brought her idea for a new pet product to Davison, where fellow animal lover, Curtis, and his creative team, got to work on helping Diane’s idea soak up success, creating an absorbent chew toy with a foam core.

Today, the Hydro Bone is a hydrating chew toy that keeps canines cool and content, even in hot weather. The chew toy comes in three sizes, for dogs and puppies six weeks and older. The water-holding toy combines fun with refreshment, so it quenches your dog’s thirst while playing. When soaked, the molded-rubber bone’s foam core absorbs water, which is then released through specially designed holes as the toy is squeezed. Available at Petco, Sears, Sam’s Club, TJ Maxx, and many more nationwide stores, the durable Hydro Bone is also freezable for lasting refreshment and cooling.

Congratulations to Mr. D, Diane and the Davison team for garnering such great attention for this product – no bones about it!

More Dare to Invent episodes and Mr. D will be featured on “The Balancing Act” within the next several months. We will keep you updated on dates and times.

Lifetime Network’s “The Balancing Act” treats viewers to the most current and hot topics, while featuring some of the hottest celebs from the sports and entertainment industry.




The Lifetime Network can be found on the following channels:

DirecTV Channel 252 (SD/HD)
Dish Network Channel 108 (SD/HD)
Available on most cable systems: Check local listings
Verizon FiOS Channel 140 (SD); Channel 640 (HD)
AT&T U-verse Channel 360 (SD); Channel 1360 (HD)

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

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Creationeer Extraordinaire, Lucky, Talks TED!


Watch TEDTalks:  Smart people will distill their life’s work down to 20 minutes for you.

This is advice from David Eagleman, neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author and, himself, a TED Fellow.  TEDTalks actually started back in 1984, just two years before George Davison started work on his toothbrush sanitizer that, ultimately, led him to found Davison Design.  [TEDTalks] brought together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. They were started by Richard Saul Wurman, who, at the time, saw a convergence between the three fields.  Originally, the talks were heavy on technology and design, evidence of its Silicon Valley roots.  Today, the talks span the worlds of science, medicine, art, design, invention, transportation, music… the list goes on and on.

Technology NewsRecently, Adam Savage, of Mythbusters fame, gave a talk entitled, How Simple Ideas Lead to Scientific Discoveries, in which he discusses some of the most important scientific discoveries of all time and how they were arrived at through simple, creative methods that anyone could have followed.  Let’s start at the beginning or at least the beginning of simple solutions being posited as the most effective ones.  In [a] 14th century England town called Occam, lived a logician Franciscan friar named William, who has most commonly become associated with the law of parsimony.  He wrote the following:

     – Numquam ponenda est pluralitas sine necessitate [Plurality must never be posited without necessity]
     – Frustra fit per plura quod potest fieri per pauciora [It is futile to do with more things that which can be done with fewer]

Innovative ThinkingWhat it boils down to is: other things being equal, a simpler explanation is better than a more complex one.  And, sometimes, that’s just what the problem calls for.  In Arvind Gupta’s TEDTalk, Turning Trash into Toys for Learning, which I recommend watching, he demonstrates how the problem of providing educational experiments for children in developing countries [could] be solved with trash and things found around the house:  rubber tubing, matchsticks, drinking straws, stick pins, bicycle tubes, even a pencil.  Simple items can be used to teach scientific principals, physics or mechanics.

TEDTalks continue to be a driving force for creative thinking in innumerable fields. Their over 1,000 videos have been translated to 86 languages, with another seven in [progress].  They can be viewed for free at any time throughout the world, on any number of mediums:  the TED website, YouTube, iPhone or iPad, or any Android/Google device.

Maybe you’ll find inspiration for a simple idea that can change the world.

– Lucky
[Sources: BoingBoing, Wikipedia, Stanford, University of California.]

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Davison-designed Hydro Bone featured on “Good Morning America!”

Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” revealed his top picks for Best New Pet Products for 2011 on Good Morning America. He showed two new pet toys, one of which was the Hydro Bone set that we created for Hugs Pet Products! (the Hydro Bone appears near the end of the 4-minute video).

“I love this… we take these home and freeze these toys,” said Dr. Becker, as he squeezed the water out of the Hydro Ball. “Dogs love it; it quenches their thirst.” Also shown were the Hydro Bone and the new Hydro Disc.

This is the second major accolade for the Hydro Bone, which also won a 2010 Editors’ Choice Award as one of the best new dog products chosen by editors of Dog Fancy, “the world’s most widely read dog magazine.” Each product earned the editors’ seal of approval “by offering innovative solutions to everyday problems or giving new life to an old idea.”

Check out the video of the GMA segment (the Hydro Bone appears at the end). You can also view an awesome video of the product on Dr. Foster’s website below.

Congratulations to all who worked on these awesome products!

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Be Inspired: “Davison, Making Ideas”

“The things that make America great are the things we invent. The strength of this nation was formed by idea people and inventors who had the freedom to dream big and create new things.” So begins the new video, “Davison, Making Ideas,” which captures the timeless power of inventing and shows how that spirit is championed by the Davison Inventing Method. We are posting this video as a tribute and an inspiration to idea people everywhere.

“I believe we must believe in a better future, and you start that off by fueling the human spirit,” said George Davison, founder and CEO. “We have spent many years climbing the ladder in this business, and I’m very proud of our team putting together such an inspirational message in this new video. It pays respect to some of our greatest mentors of the past, and transitions us to believe in ourselves and a better future. It’s wonderful when you create something to inspire others. Great work team.”

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Davison Blog Launches “How’s That Invented” Featuring the BikeBoard!

The BikeBoard

We are happy to announce the premier of “How’s That Invented!” In these video blog posts, Davison designers show and explain how many of our products were invented – from concept to finished product on the store shelf. In this first installment, viewers will see how the popular BikeBoard came to life using our unique 9-step process, as well as how some hurdles were overcome along the way so the product could “carve” out a path to success.

So take a few minutes and enjoy the show!

We hope you enjoyed this installment of ‘How’s that Invented.’ We have recently re-evaluated this web series and decided to make it bigger and better! Please check back soon for our new series. Use the form on the right to sign up and get our blog posts via email. You can also subscribe to our RSS feed and updated information will be automatically downloaded to your computer.

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Our Client’s Dream Comes True

View video of Sharon Jones being featured on ABC Affiliate KXLYOur client, Sharon, was featured on ABC affiliate, KXLY, as well as in her hometown newspaper, “The Latah Eagle.” She described how she came up with her new product idea and told of her amazing visit to Davison. The wife, mother and entrepreneur learned her invention was already selling in Sky Mall and saw the packaged product for the first time during a visit to Inventionland, where her Cool Cot House was developed.
“That blew me away,” said Sharon. “It was way better than my original idea!” She got an even bigger surprise when George Davison, founder and CEO, presented her with her first royalty check. “I cried,” she recalled. “I couldn’t believe all the zeros at the end!”

After five years of work, her dream had become a reality and success had come to her family, which had been struggling through some hard times and stressing about how they were going to finance a move to another town.

Davison Cool Cot Invention“It’s been a long time coming, and I’m so excited and thrilled that it made it somewhere,” Sharon told the team that developed her product. “And it couldn’t have happened without you guys; I’m so grateful.”

Inventor’s Story:
Sharon came up with her idea because she wanted a comfortable, convenient shelter for her pets to use on camping trips or at home. One day in Walmart, she noticed a small demonstration tent and thought that a real tent about that size would be perfect. She found Davison, a new product development firm that provides services to inventors, corporations and entrepreneurs. She submitted her idea online and the team went to work.

The finished product, which was licensed by Hugs Pet Products, features a water-resistant tent with vented roof, raised bed and mesh cot designed to keep dogs and cats cool and dry, even on the hottest or wettest of days. The portable, sturdy and easy to clean unit also offers a convenient alternative to traditional dog houses.

Sharon was not only thrilled with the finished product and royalty check, but by the royal treatment she and her son, Anthony, received at Davison. They toured Inventionland, “the world’s most creative workspace,” and met with Mr. Davison, who she described as “fun, amazing and down-to-earth.” They also got to meet members of the design and licensing team, as well as her new products director, who encouraged Sharon as she struggled to keep her project going throughout financial difficulties.

“I love the whole team,” Sharon said. “They went above and beyond the call of duty – they put their whole heart and effort into my project.”

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

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