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Our Better Way to Make Bacon Sizzles on QVC!

Davison News, Featured Invention, Product News

 

Did you catch “In the Kitchen with David” on QVC last night?

Let’s just say the show left us sizzling with excitement!

Culinary Professional Chef Tony Notaro was back in David Venable’s kitchen showing off one of our latest baking product ideas, the Bacon Baker!

Dubbed the Bacon Bakin’ Pan by Chef Tony, the innovative product that we designed stemmed from our client Jean’s Meatball Baker idea. It provides a Better Way to make healthier bacon by vertically-baking bacon and elevating each individual slice out of its own grease.

Even before the dynamic duo debuted the Bacon Bakin’ Pan, Venable was hyping up the innovative product early in the show, tantalizing viewers with the “brand new way to cook divine swine.”

Once Chef Tony began touting the product that we created at our design facility and showing off just what the Bacon Bakin’ Pan can do, incredible sales immediately followed.

Within minutes, 500 Bacon Bakin’ Pans had sold.

Chef Tony and Venable continued to showcase perfectly cooked bacon, which the pan allows to cook on its side, preserving “all the flavor without the guilt,” as Chef Tony noted.

QVC viewers heard his message and by the time the segment was over, 1,800 of the 8,500 available pans remained and Venable said the phone lines remained “super busy.”

He wasn’t kidding! Only moments later, QVC.com read, “We’re sorry, this item is not available at this time.” Yes, that’s right! The Bacon Bakin’ Pan sold out on its debut QVC appearance!

We couldn’t be more excited for our client, Jean, Chef Tony and the entire team that worked to bring the innovative Bacon Bakin’ Pan to QVC!

And, don’t worry if you missed out last night; the innovative Bacon Bakin’ Pan is now available on QVC.com!

Copyright Davison, 2015

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

Davison News, Trade Shows

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

 

In Time for Holiday Shopping… More Products on Store Shelves!

Davison News, Product News

It’s no secret that our Better Way to Invent has put more products in stores than anyone else in the invention industry. With products that have sold in over 1,200 brick-and-mortar stores and online retailers, we’re talking about A LOT of products! But, do we get tired of seeing those new products hit new shelves for the first time?

Absolutely, not!

Jokari Hanger LinksLast April, we spotted the Hanger Links that we designed on Jokari.com, the website for the company that licensed the innovative new closet-organizing product.

Well, we recently found out that Jokari.com is not the only place where you can find Hanger Links!

The next time you’re browsing Amazon.com (which we all are guilty of doing more than we should!); type in “Hanger Links” and you’ll find the “Jokari 4 Count Closet Mates Hanger Links Accessory Organizer.”

In fact, you can also find Hanger Links at pricefalls.com, newegg.com and GrabCart.com! Go ahead and search “Hanger Links” on Google. You’ll find them at even more online retailers!

Did we mention that Hanger Links aren’t the only new product we’ve found on new store shelves?  We know the Fill N Flip Locking Layer Cake Set was a hit on QVC, but if you don’t do your shopping on the TV screen, check your computer screen! The Mrs. Fields baking innovation that we designed at Inventionland is for sale onTarget.com!

Mrs. Fields Target

Check out the link, but make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom. Under the “guests who viewed this item also viewed…” box, you’ll see a few more Mrs. Fields products that we designed!

Mrs. Fields Invention at Target

As the holiday shopping season is about to get underway, we can’t think of any more festive news than finding more Davison-designed products on store shelves!

Copyright Davison, 2014

Davison-Designed Hanger Pockets Have Got Serious Tex Appeal!

Product News

No, you didn’t read that headline incorrectly. We said that the Hanger Pockets we designed at Inventionland for our client Jennifer have some serious “Tex Appeal!”

Now, what on earth did we mean?

The clothing accessory organizer that conveniently slips over a hanger, allowing users to keep their outfits carefully coordinated, has been featured in the September issue of a Central Texas life and style magazine, aptly named “Tex Appeal.”

According to their website, Tex Appeal is “fascinating, alluring, engaging, tempting, influencing, and charming… all about Central Texas living . . . the people, the places, and the things that make us appealing.”

In their September 2014 issue, Tex Appeal writers featured an article that told the story of how Hanger Pockets came to be. Not only was a Davison inventor and her product featured in the magazine, but our founder and CEO Mr. Davison contributed to the story as well!

In a one-on-one interview with our inventor, Jennifer, she reveals that she originally signed with Davison in 2008, but it took her over two years to save the funds to move her idea forward. Our client said that even when her idea moved forward, there was a lot of waiting around.

“When I did hear, I got rejections from several manufacturers. At that point, I decided to put the matter in God’s hands and move forward with my life,” Jennifer said.

Early in 2014, Jennifer got a call that was not a rejection, but a licensing agreement with the Jokari Corporation. Though she was overjoyed, she said that she, again, waited another six month for her Hanger Pockets to hit the market.

“Be sure you have a strong support network also, because you will go through a roller coaster of emotions – you need people around who will believe in you and listen. You also have to walk by faith and not what you can see at the moment,” said Jennifer.

Mr. Davison said that Jennifer’s product is off to a great start, thanks to her persistence to pursue her idea.

“Hanger Pockets is off to a good start; it’s gotten the kind of response we hoped to get… [Jennifer] had an idea that worked and Jokari was happy with it, too. This is a win-win for all parties involved,” said Mr. Davison.

Read more about Jennifer’s Hanger Pocket story and see what the magazine has to say about our nine-step Better Way to Invent on pages 42-43 of Tex Appeal.

Congratulations, again, to Jennifer and the entire Davison and Inventionland teams that worked to bring Hanger Pockets to market!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://issuu.com/tdtnews/docs/texappealsept2014/0

Chew on this: Davison-designed Deals Featured on Coupaw.com!

Product News

Obviously, we are still reeling with excitement from last month’s SuperZoo trade show in Las Vegas. With all of the potential for Davison-designed products in 2015, it is hard not to be pumped up!

But, why wait until next year to get excited about seeing some Davison-designed pet products on the market?

Recently, it was brought to our attention that Coupaw.com had a deal on Sticks Throwing Dog Treats, a tasty product that we designed for Hugs Pet Products!

According to their website, Coupaw is a pet-friendly, member website that offers its users limited-time deals on pet supplies in order to “tell other people about some of the best pet services and retailers [they] could find, and to arrange some great savings for all of us!”

When a user subscribes to Coupaw, deals on dog and cat products are emailed to them. For a limited time, they are able to take advantage of those deals and share them with friends and family to get credit toward future deals.

Although the Sticks deal has now expired, it had featured both the Smokey Bacon and Peanut Butter flavors of the throwing dog treats for as low as $6.95, almost half of their $11.98 suggested retail price.

What’s even better than seeing one product that we designed at Davison for sale?

While pawing around for Sticks on Coupaw.com, we spotted ANOTHER Davison-designed pet product featured on the website!

The Whack-a-Mouse Interactive Cat Toy had been offered as a deal on Coupaw, too! The Whack-a-Mouse, cousin of the whack-a-mole, is a game that will keep any cat chasing after a toy mouse for hours.

If you’ve got a pet (or even if you don’t), sign up for Coupaw.com alerts today and see some awesome Davison-designed pet products at super-great deals!

Copyright Davison 2014

Thank You for Over 9,000 Facebook ‘Likes’

Davison News

Thank you for helping us get over 9,000 ‘Likes’ on Facebook! Next stop is 10,000! If you haven’t hit the ‘Like’ button on our Facebook page yet, click here for a “Better Way” to get news about Davison and the invention world!

Copyright Davison 2014

Prototypes: Modeling your Creativity

Prototyping

Have you ever had an idea that you wanted to bring to fruition? Although there are many steps in the inventing process, there is one step in particular that brings your idea from just an idea to an actual product sample. That step is a building a prototype.

In case you are unclear of what a prototype actually is, we will make it clear for you! A prototype is a design tool that is much like a model that is used to help create a new product.

There are many varieties of prototypes; some are reminiscent of rough drafts while others are more like the final version of the product. Prototypes are usually used for testing before a manufacturing run is ordered.

It all begins with your idea; from there, you’ll most likely sketch your product on a piece of paper, so that you have a rough sketch of your idea. This sketch is one form of a prototype. But, maybe you want to take this sketch one step further by adding more detail and tweaking your original design.

Prototypes also are crucial for companies and many of them run through several different prototypes when developing a new product. As they continue to create prototypes, they begin to understand how people will use their product and how it can be improved.

The development of a prototype begins with the development of the concept of a product. Many creative minds work together on the design features and usually will produce several cardboard and paper models in order to illustrate and conceptualize how the product will look and feel. Once the development team agrees on a design, they are able to create a single working prototype, which is evaluated to determine how effective it is.

If you are thinking about turning your idea into an actual product, you will have to consider many different steps that factor into the invention process, especially creating prototypes and evaluating their importance.

Prototypes are a crucial part of your product development and that is why, at Davison, we do everything from product-related-data-and-patent research to designing, developing, and building working prototypes and product samples.

In essence, a prototype allows an inventor to see their idea come to life from a sketch on a piece of paper to a real-life working product. This design tool allows inventors to conceptualize their product.

Copyright Davison 2013

Sources:

http://home.howstuffworks.com/home-improvement/construction/planning/what-is-a-prototype.htm

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-prototype.htm

Images:

http://www.123rf.com/clipart-vector/prototype.html

 

 

In Case you Missed It: The Cool Bake was on QVC!

Davison News, Product News, Uncategorized

 

Add another “W” to the win column for the Davison-design team! On Sunday, September 29, our Davison-designed ‘Cool Bake’ was featured on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David”!

The Mrs. Fields Bakeware Innovation did not disappoint while on the show. Let it be known that the ‘Cool Bake’ isn’t just limited to cooling cookies. QVC host David Venable demonstrated just how useful the ‘Cool Bake’ really is!

During the segment, David showed viewers the versatility of our Davison-designed product! He showed delicious cookies, nachos, pizza, croissants, pigs in a blanket, French fries, cinnamon rolls, chicken tenders and other mouth-watering treats can be made with the ‘Cook Bake’.

Venable even went on to say that “not a one of these are going to stick and break your heart..” and we couldn’t agree more!

If that wasn’t enough, long-time QVC kitchen product specialist, Marie Louise Ludwig, joined in on the conversation and had nothing but great things to say about the Davison-designed product, too.

“It’s the best out there right now..” says Ludwig, as she pointed out the Cool Bake’s 600 tiny holes and the “little feet” that allow it to easily become a cooling rack.

If you missed the Cool Bake’s appearance on QVC last Sunday, click on the video tab here to see it now!

Copyright Davison 2013

Sources:

http://www.qvc.com/Mrs.-Fields-Cool-Bake-All-in-One-Baking-Sheet-Search-Results.product.K39695.html?sc=K39695-SRCH&cm_sp=VIEWPOSITION-_-1-_-K39695&catentryImage=http://images-p.qvc.com/is/image/k/95/k39695.001?$uslarge$


 

Invention Spotlight: The Pen & Pencil

Innovative Inventions, Inventions

Writing and drawing tools are considered some of mankind’s greatest inventions. They have allowed the recording and conveying of thoughts, feelings, ideas – and grocery lists – for thousands of years. They are the very reason we know the history of us. Pencils and pens have given everyone in this world quick, easy and affordable access to put on paper what lives in their minds.

Writers, artists and draftsmen are just some of the creative types whose lives and careers have been transformed by these ingenious tools. Celebrated novelist John Steinbeck used 300 pencils to write East of Eden. Trail-blazing animator and entrepreneur Walt Disney first sketched Mickey Mouse’s ears with a pencil and the rest is history.

The origins of the pencil and pen are actually just as fascinating as the words and pictures they have recorded throughout time. The earliest means of writing with pen and paper as we know it was developed by the Greeks, and perfected by the Romans.

The writing instrument that dominated for the longest period in history – over 1,000 years — was the quill pen. Introduced in Europe around 700 A.D. and made from a bird feather, quill pens lasted for only a week before it was necessary to replace them. Lewis Waterman of New York patented the first practical fountain pen in 1884 and in 1931, Hungarian Laszlo Biro invented the ballpoint pen — the writing implement of choice for most people today because of their neatness and reliability.

(A sketch of Saturn by Galileo)

The idea for the pencil came much later in human history and quite by accident. Some time prior to about 1560, graphite was discovered near Borrowdale, England, supposedly when a large tree was uprooted in a storm, exposing a black substance beneath its roots.

Because graphite is soft, it requires some form of encasement.  Graphite sticks were initially wrapped in string or sheepskin for stability. Shortly after, a superior technique was discovered: two wooden halves were carved, a graphite stick inserted, and the halves then glued together—essentially the same method in use to this day.

Because graphite is soft, it requires some form of encasement.  Graphite sticks were initially wrapped in string or sheepskin for stability. Shortly after, a superior technique was discovered: two wooden halves were carved, a graphite stick inserted, and the halves then glued together—essentially the same method in use to this day.

Although the pencil was first officially documented in 1565 by Conrad Gesner, and its invention is sometimes attributed to him, it wasn’t until the late 1700s that manufacturing techniques similar to those practiced today were developed.

The method of making pencils was painstakingly slow, so Joseph Dixon, an inventor and entrepreneur, developed a means to mass-produce pencils. By 1870, The Joseph Dixon Crucible Company was the world’s largest dealer and consumer of graphite and later became the contemporary Dixon Ticonderoga pencil and art supplies company.

Here is a look at how pencils are made today:

 

In 1858, Hymen Lipman did us all a great favor when he received the first patent for attaching an eraser to the end of a pencil. As we continue to use the pencil to help sketch the future, we can also rely on the eraser to make a few revisions along the way.

 

Copyright Davison 2013

 

Images:

http://www.sanfranciscosentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/the-earliest-known-drawings-of-mickey-mouse-1928-photo-walt-disney-family-foundation.jpg

http://s3.hubimg.com/u/6837618_f520.jpg

Sources:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JqJXD0RoRI

 

 

 

Future Friday: Bike LEDs

Future Friday, Inventions

Make your bike wheels look like Tron.

Gone are the analog days of getting noticed on your bike. Today’s riders know that getting noticed on your bike takes more than putting baseball cards between the spokes. That’s why a variety of companies have created LED light systems for your bike wheels.

Companies like Nite Ize, MonkeyLectric and Revolights market LED lights that turn your bike wheels into glowing images of your choice.

Wired explained how Revolights work:

The white-and-red lighting setup comprises a ring of LEDs that you install around the entire edge of each of your bike rims. Using a pair of clever devices, only the forward-facing lights (or backwards, in the case of the rear wheel) illuminate when the wheel spins. The result is beautiful arcs of light that make you visible from all angles, an effect that Revolights’ co-founder and CFO Adam Pettler says came by accident.

Check out how bike LEDs work in this video.

So what is the future of LED bike wheel utility? Certainly advertising agencies have seen the eye-catching value of promoting a product on a glowing bike.  Anvil.com, for example offers LEDs featuring Pepsi and Coke logos.

Most wheel LEDs only turn on at night, are easily installed and are waterproof. Here’s how a company called Mathmos describes their lights:

Easily screw directly onto your bike wheel valves and create circles of light when you cycle. The lights use high quality LEDs with light/motion sensors, which mean they will only come on at night when you’re on the move. They are great fun lights but also aid visibility and therefore safety. They should only be used in conjunction with standard bicycle lights and not on their own.

If you love the idea but aren’t interested in paying for LEDs for your bike wheels, Gizmodo shows you how to create your own here.

 

Copyright Davison 2013

 

Image:

http://mashable.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Monkey-Light-Pro.jpg

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2013/05/27/monkey-light-pro-bike-wheel-leds/

http://www.wired.com/design/2013/05/led-bike-wheel-revolights/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL_xcswZx0c

http://www.anvii.com/store/CoolStyle_wheel_AD/blue/index.php

http://gizmodo.com/159380/do+it+yourself-led-bike-wheels

 

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