How’s That Created Thursday: Twister Caps

How's That Made Thursday, Inventor Stories, Product News

Undoubtedly, you’ve gone to the bathroom countless times.  We’d even venture to guess that, while there, you never gave a thought to how the toilet holds fast to the floor… but, we’re betting you’re glad that it does.

Now, many historians give all the credit to the man who invented the toilet.  Rumors have swirled that it was Thomas Crapper (not a pun); but, the first toilet actually dates back to around 1596 with Sir John Harrington.

Other than total necessity and obvious convenience, what made that flushing toilet “stick” – in place that is?

Just look down the next time you’re in the bathroom.  Do you see dingy, exposed bolts at the base of the toilet bowl?  Perhaps a disheveled cap that may be half on the bolt, but barely covers it?  Or, do you see a neat, barely noticeable cap that securely covers that ever-important bolt?

Enter Gary and Ruth Frazer, the masterminds behind Twister Caps, the “why didn’t anyone think of that before” answer to exposed or clumsily-covered toilet bolts.

Like most people, the Frazer’s didn’t think much of their existing toilet caps, until they saw their son’s dog running around with one in his mouth.  It was then that they came up with the idea for Twister Caps, a threaded, screw-on toilet bolt cap that fits all toilets – thanks to careful engineering.

The Davison team helped the Frazer’s invent the cosmetically-appealing cap that’s made of high-impact plastic, threaded on the inside and is very affordable.

Twister Caps easily screw onto 1/4″ or 5/16 ” toilet bolts.  Injection molding is the manufacturing process that creates the mass-produced Twister caps affordably.

While the thought process behind Twister Caps and their installation may be quite simple, a lot of work went into creating those convenient toilet caps so they would fit every toilet.

And, thanks to Twister Caps’ unique threading, they won’t easily lift off.  Their success, however… has skyrocketed!

Millions of Twister Caps have sold nationwide at stores like Ace’s, Lowe’s and Home Depot.

So, thank you, Gary and Ruth Frazer, for noticing something so small that many of us just flushed it out of our minds.  Way to make a splash!

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It’s a Snickers, It’s Fruit-Filled, It’s the Surprise Pan on Lifetime!

Dare to Invent, The Balancing Act

‘Tis the season… for sweet surprises!

Tune in to Lifetime TV’s “The Balancing Act” tomorrow at 7:00 a.m. when Mr. Davison will give a little taste of how Davison’s Better Way to Invent has brought so many everyday invention ideas to reality.

Along with Mr. Davison, tomorrow’s episode includes one of our very own Creationeers (and inventors), Pete and his Surprise Pan, as part of Davison’s “Dare to Invent” webisode series.

At Inventionland, Pete focuses on helping everyday people bring their invention ideas to life, which usually involves tearing things apart or blowing things up.  So, when Pete proposed an idea for a cupcake pan that packs an extra sweet punch, his idea turned more than a few heads.

Pete’s Surprise Pan offers a fast and easy way to add something special to cupcakes and muffins.  Equipped with a post in the bottom of each well, the Surprise Pan can easily be filled with candies or fruits, adding a burst of flavor.  Just one batch can yield a wide variety of fillings that will “wow” any party-goer.

The Surprise Pan is easy to use, too.  Simply fill the well halfway with batter, place a piece of candy or fruit on the post and pour the remaining batter on top.  Bake as needed and enjoy a delicious surprise in every bite!

See the Surprise Pan in action on tomorrow’s “The Balancing Act” episode.  For now, enjoy a tantalizing tease of just some of the creations the Surprise Pan can deliver!

“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.

Pugz™ Soft Suedes and Fall Fleeces Cloak Petco in Eye-catching Endcaps

Davison News, Hugs Pet Products, Product News

The 2012 Fall Pugz ™ line is now in stores!

But even more exciting than having Pugz boots in one Petco and Pugz leg warmers in another Petco across town, the entire fall line is prominently displayed on endcaps.

Showcasing leashes, beds, coats, leg warmers, harnesses, boots — all featuring Pugz’s signature faux suede and fleece combination – the visual appeal of these endcaps creates a gravitational pull on Petco customers shopping anywhere near this K-9 couture.

CEO and founder of Davison, George Davison, calls the Petco Pugz endcaps a defining moment in company history and compares the excitement of seeing all of these Pugz products in one space to the excitement of “stepping to the plate and hitting a grand slam.”

“When you allow yourself to dream, you are opening yourself up for a lot of pain if stuff doesn’t work out, which I’m used to. Because of the continual effort at absorbing risks and overcoming challenges this is what can happen if you believe. If you don’t believe and have enough character, the dreams aren’t possible,” says Davison.

The 2012 Fall Pugz line, which is now in Petco and will be in Bed, Bath & Beyond on September 20th, delivers cozy comfort for every pup.


Walk with warmth

Smaller dogs get cold faster in low temperatures, but that’s no reason to abandon those long walks you and your pup enjoy. Instead, protect him or her from the elements with Pugz Boots. These adorably designed, faux leather and faux wool shoes provide comfort and keep your pet’s paws dry in any weather!  Plus, their breathable, cushioned fabric sole eliminates nasty claw scratches from hardwood floors. With an adjustable hook and loop strap, Pugz are a secure fit for every pooch!

Little paws aren’t the only appendages to keep the chill out during the fall and winter. Your dog will appreciate some leg protection, too. Pugz Leg Warmers keep your dog’s legs warm and protected with their lightweight faux suede and fleece. Perfect for pups of all sizes, these leg warmers include hook and loop straps and elastic nylon to ensure a secure fit.


Walk with confidence

Excited dogs and young pups often pull during their walks. This not only creates uncomfortable exercise for you, but can injure your dogs neck if you’re only using a collar. Get back control and enjoy those walks again with the Pugz Harness.

The Pugz Harness is a comfortable and stylish solution for reducing the stress and strain on both dogs and owners during walks. Made with breathable and lightweight faux suede and fleece, this harness is adjustable for a custom fit on your dog or growing puppy.

Add the Pugz Leash for 6 feet of stylish safety. The ultra-soft, fleece-lined generously sized handle keeps your hand cozy and comfortable, while the durable nylon leash allows you to securely walk your pet with confidence. The sturdy chrome hardware conveniently attaches to your favorite collar.


Now Sleep!

Walk nap, walk nap. That’s your best friend’s daily agenda. Optimize their comfort after those warming walks with the Pugz Air Puff Bed, which supports the limbs of older or injured pets, but is perfect for dogs without health problems as well. An adjustable frame and soft faux wool provide a warm and cozy place for any pet to relax. The removable cover is easy to wash and keep clean. For use at home, in the car or on a trip, the Pugz Air Puff Bed is easy to transport.

Twenty-twelve also features the Pugz Box Bed (see below on endcap), which allows your pet to nuzzle into cozy comfort. The ultra-durable, luxuriously cushioned base and sides invite your pet to snuggle up, get comfortable and relax.  The bed is also lightweight, portable and can be machine washed!

Davison attributes the success of Pugz and other Davison products to the Davison methodology, which George Davison has been crafting for over 20 years. “We have to have really good soils to grow our seeds. This is the combination of Inventionland and our [inventing] methodology to have not only one, but all of those [products] hit the shelf.”

Congratulations to Pugz, Hugs and Davison for all the hard work put into a great line of pup products. When dogs are dressed to the nines in their new Pugz boots and legwarmers, warm and comfortable tails are sure to be wagging outside of Petco stores this fall and winter!

(From Hugs Pet Products’ Facebook Page)

Diane: “Barney jumped right in as [we were] strolling through Petco today! Sold! ”


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Time for Technology to ‘Ketchup’ with Condiments

Featured Invention, Innovation

“Stick a knife in it!” “Smack the bottom.” “Hold it at a 45-degree angle and tap the 57.” Every ketchup connoisseur has their own technique for coaxing the tomato topping slowly out of a newly opened bottle. But things can get down right dangerous as diners flail around trying to get the last ounce of this creeping condiment from the bottom of the bottle.

Well, the painstaking process of topping our burgers and fries may be over.

From the people who brought you a mapping of the human genome and Bose sound systems comes LiquiGlide — “a revolutionary super-slippery coating to liberate your ketchup” – from a group of MIT engineers.

MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith and his team of mechanical engineers and nano-technologists from the Varanasi Research Group have put hundreds of years of bottle-beating debates to rest, creating bottle surfaces from which condiments simply glide onto your plate.

According to the LiquiGlide website, the coating is made entirely from food materials; no nanoparticles to worry about. “Even if you scraped off the coating with a knife and ate it, it would be completely harmless and flavorless.”

Varanasi’s innovative way to package condiments will hopefully make life easier in the future.

In the meantime, check out these Davison products that already do.

RV Leveler

We don’t want our vacations to turn into work. So Davison created the RV Leveler, a two-part product that enables users to quickly determine whether their motorhome is level. The RV Leveler’s base communicates wirelessly with a corresponding handheld device. The four-light LED display on the remote unit enables the user to see immediately where adjustments are needed.


Hover Creeper

Working on cars is tough enough. Navigating underneath them shouldn’t be. Traditional automotive creepers have wheels that get stuck in floor cracks and shift wildly over bolts or other loose parts that frequently break, leaving a mechanic stuck. Instead of trying to roll over an uneven or cracked garage floor, the new Hover Creeper literally hovers slightly above it.


Better Tether

It’s a doggone shame that some pet owners leave their pups twisted around trees or poles outside without food or water. Well, this Better Tether is placed in-ground, eliminating obstacle to pets, humans and machines. The divided food and water bowl can never be tipped over, and the unit never has to be moved for the lawnmower.  Also, a big congratulations to the winner of our Better Tether Giveaway, Stephanie Shreve Baker!  We hope your pup really enjoys it!


In the future, when you make a burger with the Fill N’ Grill, it will be much easier to put Ketchup in the middle. Try some bacon too. :)


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Davison’s New Spins on Old Gifts

Davison News, Product News

With Father’s Day on the horizon, children, significant others and the gift-giving masses often struggle to find a present that shows how much they care about pops. Great fathers aren’t complicated, so their gifts shouldn’t be either. This year, consider these Davison products that offer new takes on some time-tested trinkets.

A Cut Above the Rest

Whistle KnifeCreated in caves and mastered by the Swiss, the knife has been a hit on Father’s Day gift lifts since cavekids and cavedads. This year, treat your dad to an updated version of this Cenozoic classic. Davison developed the Swiss Army Whistle Knife to hold an extremely high-decibel whistle in one side of the knife housing, without exposing any moving parts. If needed, a person can alert a bystander, their dog or authorities and even ward off a possible attacker by drawing attention to them. The Whistle Knife is also small enough that it can fit on a key ring and be taken anywhere.

Make Variety the Slice of Life

Perfect Pizza PanDads keep it simple; meat, potatoes and dispensing good, old-fashioned life lessons. But, even the most regimented dad needs a break from the norm. Give your father the means to satisfy all his cravings with the Perfect Pizza Pan. With this incredible invention, which came from our very own President, every pizza can be made-to-order by the slice. The pan’s unique, segmented design allows users to make completely individual pizza slices. Now, Dad can enjoy his favorite toppings on one pizza.

Get His Wheels Back in the Groove

Bucket BenchNothing stands between sparkling wheel wells and your dad. No matter how much Dad claims to love the task, washing a vehicle can be a laborious and back-breaking chore. Squatting down to clean the wheels and bumpers can be brutal on the knees and back. Love your dad and his back with Davison’s Bucket Bench. This gift, with four swiveling wheels, provides a comfortable place to sit while keeping the user at the level of wheels and bumper, so no bending or squatting is required.

Hold onto His Sanity (and Tools)

Peg BoardDad’s workspace can become cluttered and disorganized, which can cause a hair-pulling scene. The last thing dad needs during a 1 a.m. birthday-bike assembly is a missing tool. Relieving Dad’s DIY frustration is as simple as keeping his tools organized. Davison’s team of designers created the Pegboard Power Drill Holder all-in-one station to securely hold a portable drill, charger and drill bits. This product can be placed on a pegboard or mounted onto a wall, providing a convenient device for organizing tools, keeping Dad sane.

Pack Ease into Gift Giving

Air RackThere is no living being better at packing three weeks’ worth of vacation supplies than an adult male with children. Make Dad’s job easier this year with the Air Rack. Transporting oversized loads on a car or SUV means having to mount a heavy roof rack to the vehicle, which can take a lot of time and effort. We created the Air Rack for a company that wanted a quick and easy way to secure oversized loads to a vehicle’s roof. The roof rack can be inflated quickly with the included pump; and, the rack easily and securely straps to the roof. We all know, when Dad’s happy on vacation, everybody is happy on vacation!

Steer clear of the same-old-same-old this Father’s Day and let these Davison spins on traditional gifts turn dad’s head!

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Licensing Team Gets Crafty at National Hardware Show

Davison News, Product News

Davison Licensing

Continuing to “try longer” to get that Davison “D” on store shelves, our Licensing Team recently attended the 67th National Hardware Show in Las Vegas.

Our President and Vice President of Business Development and Licensing packed their bags and headed to “Sin City” with a few goals in mind.

“The objective at the show is to meet with existing companies we present products to, meet with new prospective companies we want to present products to, network with REP groups [and] take part in buyer meetings and discussions.  The goal each time we attend shows is to continue to advance exposure for our clients and their ideas,” said our President.

According to our President, there were two key exhibits displaying Davison designs. 

“We had products that were exhibiting in the booths of Drillcraft and On the Edge Marketing,” he said. 

Our President also informed us that Drillcraft and On the Edge Marketing certainly were not the only companies that were interested in the Davison “D!”  Check out the long list of retailers that our President and VP met with at the show:

National Hardware Show“The Fulham Group, Ontel Products, Zibra, Dynamic Paint Products, Century Drill Tools, Drillcraft Tools, Trillium Worldwide, JGR Copa, Camp Chef, Nothern International, Mac Sports, On the Edge Marketing, Char Broil, Wild Sports, Len Fest Media and Metro Designs,” said our President.

In addition to meeting with all of those companies, he explained that follow-up meetings at Inventionland and other facilities were planned with a few companies, too!

“[Our VP] actually followed up with a company tour of On the Edge Marketing’s facility while on a trip to a buyer meeting with Petco,” said our President.

And, the end result of all of these meetings?

“Davison is committed to improving the method from idea to store shelf, so that Davison clients have the best opportunity for exposure when it comes to getting noticed.  Davison is slowly, but surely, strengthening the road from idea to store shelf, refining the stages that are critical in getting noticed,” he said.  “These meetings have allowed us to continue to shore-up the hardware and lawn and garden categories, which will benefit our clients tremendously!”

We’ve got TONS of photos to share from our VP’s On the Edge Marketing tour and a few more photos from the National Hardware Show, too:

While Davison regularly attends trade shows in a number of industries, it does not promise that any particular client product will be, or is likely to be, presented or discussed at a trade show.

Mother’s Day… The Meatball Baker Way!

Davison News, Inventor Stories, Product News

Davison Baking InventionsWith Mother’s Day approaching this weekend, many of us may still be trying to find the perfect way to show mom all of the appreciation she deserves.

Well, blogger Toni Spilsbury is offering a Davison-designed solution for moms who love to cook on her blog, “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Making Dinner.  Saving Time.  Saving Money.”

The “Mothers Who Love to Cook Gift Guide” post features our client (mother and grandmother!) Jean’s idea, the Meatball Baker!

Spilsbury calls her gift list, which features several innovative cooking items, the “best of the web for that special mom” and says that she “personally hand-picked each of [the] fabulous items as something [she] would love to receive.”

 Meatball Baker

Specifically, Spilsbury says the Meatball Baker is a “brilliant baking pan [that] produces beautiful meatballs.”

She even mentions Jean’s innovative thinking when she says, “This product was invented by a mom who got tired of having her meatballs fall apart.”

Also making Spilsbury’s list were other big-name kitchen brands like Le Crueset, Pyrex and Cuisinart.

Davison InventorJean’s Meatball Baker was licensed by Chicago Metallic and currently sells there for $21.99.

So, if you’re still trying to decide how to pamper your mom this Mother’s Day, consider doing it the Davison-designed way!  

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“Dare to Invent” Creeps Up on Uninvited House Guests!

Davison News, Featured Invention, Inventor Stories, Product News

It’s time again to release another exciting “Dare to Invent” webisode.  This week, our creationeers are getting… well, a bit creepy!

The seventh in our innovative 13-episode series features Pennsylvania native, Julian Smith, inventor of “The Best Stink Bug Trap Ever!”  The new webisode is NOW crawling on YouTube and!

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

Now, we all know there are plenty of bug repellents and traps on the market.  Unfortunately, existing products didn’t seem to “put the boot” to Julian’s smelly visitors!

So, he took matters into his own hands and even created a model stink bug trap out of a soda bottle.  He brought his idea and working trap to Davison.

Tim, a talented team of Inventionland Creationeers and one very cooperative “test-bug” began buzzing away to make Julian’s trap appealing to bug victims and a friendly-fit for companies’ product lines.  After some intense testing and even a feature on a local news channel, Julian’s “The Best Stink Bug Trap Ever” is ready for production and to see the light of store shelves!

Tune in NOW to see all of the hilarious details as Julian “Dares to Invent!”

We’ve also compiled a few photos to get your mind crawling!

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

An Innovative Splash Into Spring!

Davison News, Featured Invention

Spring's Arrival

According to the shorts and flip flops we’ve been wearing lately, spring has already sprung!

Davison InventionBut, now that spring is officially here, what better way to highlight spring’s arrival than by highlighting an awesome Davison-designed product that will be springing off store shelves to help kids and parents cool off as the weather continues to heat up?

The Aviva Sports Splash-O-Meter, an innovative, inflatable toy that measures the size of a person’s splash on a scale of 1-10, made a huge wave on, the global network known as “Mommy’s little helper.”

Davison News

Lilsugar featured the Davison-designed Splash-O-Meter as part of a list of favorite water toys for kids, noting that with the innovative toy, “mom will never be accused of favoring one tot’s splash over another’s!”

The Splash-O-Meter is the perfect pool or lake companion and it can be found at, Sam’s Club and Sears, among many other retailers!

Summer Fun

We are definitely soaking up the Splash-O-Meter’s great review, along with all this great spring weather, and we can’t wait to see what Davison-designed product is next to make a big splash in the marketplace!

Manicure Multitool “Marches” onto Shelves!

Davison News, Featured Invention, Product News

Another innovative Davison design that the entire team has been working to get onto store shelves is now at one of the nation’s major retail pharmacies.

The 6-in-1 Manicure Multitool is in stores now!

The awesome new product was designed by our client, Cathalene, and was licensed by Health Enterprises, under their “Portables, by Essence of Beauty” brand.

The 6-in-1 Manicure Multitool has a nail file, two-sided nail buffer, cuticle pusher, two-sided cleaning stick, nail brush and nail clippers. By combining six tools into one convenient, compact tool, it is perfect for enhancing nails anytime, anywhere! The innovative product also has a silicone, non-slip grip that is gentle on the fingers.

“I’m very glad it has finally found a home!” said Davison’s Corporate Creative Coach. “I think everyone on my team has touched it in one way or another.”

When we say our Licensing Team has been “Trying Longer,” we aren’t kidding. We first told you about the possibility of the product appearing in stores last August!

Our Vice President of Licensing said this is a very big moment, not only for Davison, but also for our client.

“Congratulations to our client, Cathalene,” said the VP. “Her dream is about to come true!”

Be sure to check store shelves for the 6-in-1 Manicure Multitool! Congratulations, Cathalene, and everyone who worked on this awesome new product!

Our client, Cathalene, has not made 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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