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As we put the final touches on our holiday preparations and the last bows on each of our presents, in the spirit of the holiday season, there’s nothing quite as special as seeing the smile on someone’s face as you give them a gift.

But, it’s safe to say that receiving a gift can be just as great as giving a gift!

As an innovator/inventor, you dream, day in and day out, that your idea will one day change the lives of many – a gift for all. In the invention world especially, one of the best gifts that an inventor could unwrap is the gift of seeing their hard work, determination and inventive spirit come alive as a product that proudly sits on a store shelf.

With the holiday season in full swing, and as you’re likely getting ready for quality time spent with family and friends, we’d like to give you a small gift – a gift that we hope will inspire you to one day dare to invent.

Enjoy this quick clip of some of our clients seeing their inventions in stores for the first time!

Who knows, the next product you see in stores could be yours!

Copyright Davison, 2015

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Having a Bad Day? It’s National Look on the Bright Side Day!

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National Look on the Bright Side Day

Pursuing your invention dream is much like a rollercoaster. It’s filled with ups and downs, as well as twists and turns. With that being said, there are different parts of the process where you’ll be traveling at high speeds and others when it feels like you’re slowly climbing up a hill.

It’s the latter point where we’d like to mention that today is actually National Look on the Bright Side Day! Each year on this day, people are urged to look on the bright side of things.

So, we decided to help you, the person who is working towards making their dreams a reality, with some motivational tips on how to look on the bright side of the invention process when things might not be going as you’d expected!

Three ways to look on the bright side:

Remove “can’t” from your vocabulary.

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

Just like we mentioned in our blog that offered you tips on how to tune out skeptics, apply those tips plus a positive attitude to avoid “can’t” from your vocabulary. A defeatist attitude will get you about as far as a car without an engine.

Be grateful.

“Be grateful for small things, big things, and everything in between.”

There are times when looking at the bright side of things can seem out of the realm of possibility. However, it’s important to take a step back and concentrate on what you do have, rather than what you don’t have. For instance, if your journey to reaching your goals isn’t as going as smoothly or as fast as you’d like, realize that you are on the path and are working towards making your dreams a reality one way or another.

It’s OK to make mistakes.

“Your past mistakes are meant to guide you, not define you.”

Remember, no one is perfect. Rather than looking at the negative aspects of a mistake that you’ve made, look at the bright side of that mistake and use it as a lesson moving forward. Stop dwelling on the negatives and start focusing on the positives. If life was perfect, would you be inventing a product that solved a problem? With that being said, use mistakes as learning lessons and move forward, don’t look back.

So today, on National Look on the Bright Side Day, we challenge you to look on the bright side of a negative situation and use it to your advantage. Because after all, “Why be negative when you can be positive?”

Copyright Davison, 2015

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It’s Sew Be It Day!

Holiday, Inventions

 

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Elias Howe's sewing machine

It’s September 10 and you know what that means, it’s Sew Be It Day!

Did you know that on this day in 1846, Elias Howe was awarded the first American patent on a sewing machine?

Howe realized that there had to be a Better Way to sew clothes rather than stitch by stitch. So, he decided to sew together his own invention idea – the sewing machine!

Just like Howe,  one of our clients found that having to stop in the midst of sewing or quilting just to wind the bobbin was extremely irritating, not to mention time consuming. So rather than continuing to unthread the sewing machine or add another spool of thread, this client found a Better Way to thread a bobbin.

Better Bobbin - Sew Be It Day

This invention is now known as the Better Bobbin, which helps fill the bobbin directly from the sewing machine!

Not only does this invention help fill bobbins with various sizes of thread spools, the unit also allows for easy thread guiding and a built-in thread cutter!

So today, say “sew be it,” get out your sewing machine or Better Bobbin and use your imagination to finally create that scarf you’ve been meaning to make!

Copyright Davison, 2015

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

Guess Who Made the Pittsburgh Business Times’ List of the City’s Coolest Offices!

Davison News, Inventionland

At the beginning of this week, the Pittsburgh Business Times began a month-long series of articles where they sought out to find and showcase “the most interesting, inspiring and attractive office spaces in the Pittsburgh region.”

Where did the Pittsburgh Business Times’ Coolest Offices Month showcase begin? None other than at our friends over at Inventionland’s creative design facility! Yes, they were featured as the first, coolest office of September!

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In the write-up of “WHY WE HAVE A COOL OFFICE,” the Pittsburgh Business Times’ listing states:

“Inventionland is America’s largest invention factory, where new products are designed, engineered and packaged by creative professionals who work inside 16-unique themed sets. Ideas are conceived at the round table in the Inventalot Castle, take root inside Davy’s Treehouse, come to life inside the Animation Attic and really take off at the Inventionland Motor Speedway, just to name a few. Our innovators are inspired by the sights and sounds of a shipwrecked pirate ship, three running waterfalls, life-like trees and grass-lined sidewalks.”

What an awesome way for our friends at Inventionland to start out September! See the entire Pittsburgh Business Times’ Coolest Offices Month showcase on Inventionland here!

Copyright Davison, 2015

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

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

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

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