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The Davison Connection to the Color TV

Inventor Stories

Joe Donahue - Color TV inventor

At the end of June, we published a blog post that covered the dawn of color TVs. In this blog, we talked about the very first commercial TV program that was broadcast in color by CBS more than 64 years ago.

Today, we’re sharing our founder’s connection to one of the key inventors of color TV! Davison and inventing go hand-in-hand. After all, our products have sold on more than 1,200 retail store shelves and online.

So, it’s really no surprise that our very own CEO and founder, Mr. George Davison, would somehow have a connection to a man who helped invent the color TV.

“The inventor of the color picture tube is a friend of mine. He and I are in a picture together in my office with a wonderful and impacting letter,” said Mr. Davison.

In this letter, Joe Donahue talks about how George Davison has made great strides in both his career and the Davison Inventing Method.

“The progress you have made and the level of proficiency you have now achieved from that modest start is now beyond imagination. I am not only very impressed but thrilled to witness such a dynamic and constructive organization in action,” said Donahue.

If we’ve said it once, we’ll say it again; in the inventing world, things change. People are constantly working to find a better way to carry out even the most everyday tasks.

For Donahue, the idea of taking something that already exists and making it better is very familiar. Donahue, the key inventor to the color picture tubes that are found in televisions, has taken notice of our founder’s keen ability to excel in the world of inventing.

Because of this background {talking about his experience as an inventor} I feel particularly qualified to assess the creative and productive capability of your organization. You turn out advances and inventions at a prodigious rate that is probably unmatched anywhere in the world,” said Donahue.

The Davison Inventing Method has helped many people turn their inventing dreams into a reality and it’s because of this process that we feel a great sense of pride.

After all, there’s nothing quite like seeing the Davison “D” on store shelves across the country.

“Not only do you create your own advances but you are flexible enough to help other inventors through the many precarious steps of turning their idea into a reality. Many inventors are not capable of, nor realize the importance of the steps of, patent search, patent filing, designing a product that satisfies a need and that is readily manufactured in a cost effective manner, designing functional packaging, producing realistic prototypes of the product and the packaging, and presenting the product to the key people in commercial world. Your organization is well versed in all of these areas and they provide a very worthwhile service,” he noted.

So, the next time you turn your television, you can thank Joe Donahue for the ability to watch your favorite show in color!

Copyright Davison, 2016

Davison has not provided services to Mr. Donahue and he has not been paid for his endorsement.

 

“Empowering us all”

Davison News, Inventor Stories

Bill Gates and Paul Allen - Microsoft - Davison Blog

True to Microsoft’s latest tagline, “Empowering us all,” this company – since it was started on April 4th, 1975, 41 years ago to be exact – has been empowering idea people from all corners of the earth with its technology.

The company got its start thanks to Bill Gates and Paul Allen, two childhood friends who combined their knowledge and expertise to create a company that made computer software in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The production of microprocessors and software sprouted the name for the company, “Micro-Soft.”

Though that name looks like a company that we know today despite that little hyphen, it only took three years for the hyphen to be dropped from the name. But, the hyphen wasn’t the only thing that dropped out. In fact, Gates dropped out of Harvard and Allen left his programming job in Boston to pursue their newest venture.

As with any new business, the first few years proved to be a whirlwind. In those years, the innovative duo both launched and licensed their MS-DOS operating system to IBM. Unfortunately, just as there were many highs, there were also a few lows in the beginning. One of which was the medical reason that forced Allen to leave the company.

Microsoft Logo - Davison Blog

But, despite these hurdles, Gates and Microsoft forged on and in 1985, the company unveiled their Windows operating system and went public with their announcement.

Almost instantaneously, the company stock and sales took off to over $60 million, which made Microsoft the world’s largest personal computer software company at the time.

It’s safe to say that both Gates and Allen have, in some respects, created and paved the way for the technological advancements that follow their revolutionary idea of Microsoft.

Just take Davison client Eddie Porter, for example. Porter utilized our very own mobile app service to turn his idea into a reality – the Coach’s Whiteboard app!

Thanks to innovative thinking and a passion for basketball, Porter was able to combine these two factors and work alongside our team at Davison to create a an app to help coaches everywhere draw up new plays or call up old plays to lead team members, now available on the Apple App Store.

George Davison and Eddie Porter - Davison App

It’s innovative thinking and a creative spirit like that of Gates, Allen and Porter that validates the notion that if you have an idea and put in the effort, you too can make things better each day.

Copyright Davison, 2016

Images:

http://www.wired.com/images_blogs/thisdayintech/2011/04/gates_and_allen_450px.jpg

The inventor of the Coach’s Whiteboard app has not received a net profit through the development of his app. Davison charges fees for services.

Fail your Way Forward

Inventing Advice

 

Fail Your Way Forward - Davison Inventing

The idea of “Fail your way forward” hits close to home here at Davison, but in a good way. Keep reading to learn more.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas A. Edison

“Fail your way forward.” It may sound counterproductive, because failure often carries a negative connotation. In reality, failure doesn’t mean the end; failure means the beginning of something new.

Just take our founder and CEO George Davison’s story, for example.

It all began in 1986 when Davison, like many people, had an idea for a product. His product was one that would prevent toothbrush germs from spreading and getting everyone in his family sick.

After two years of hard work and spending nearly every dime to his name to bring his idea to life, a major corporation beat him to the market with his idea.

Fail Your Way Forward - Davison Inventing Method

This is a moment that could have stifled anyone’s dreams. And though this is what some would characterize as a failure, for Mr. Davison, he used this as ammunition to “fail forward.” How? Because it got Mr. Davison thinking, “Why didn’t other idea people have access to a similar process; an affordable idea-to-product method like the one major corporations used?”

For Mr. Davison, he saw a need and since necessity is the mother of all invention, he needed everything under one roof to invent his products in a timely, efficient and cost-effective manner.

He knew there was a better way to compete; after all, inventions are made because they provide solutions to problems.

From this idea, a new method that would benefit future generations of idea people was born. This idea didn’t develop overnight; it took years of experimentation to figure out the best means to affordably transform ideas into products.

On his journey, Mr. Davison experienced his fair share of failures and successes that led him to the best approach. Over time, he found a method that worked.

After two decades of hard work, Mr. Davison developed an invention method that would forever change how product ideas became actual products. It’s this method that dubbed Mr. Davison as a “Creative Genius” by Entrepreneur Magazine.

“We’ve invented the world’s most affordable way to invent and at one time, we didn’t know if we could do that. Just like all other inventions, you have to hope that you can invent it. You have to hope that you can make it affordable. You have to hope that you can tell the story about what it is – and that gets you right back to [some of the] basic pieces of inventing,” said Mr. Davison.

Mr. Davison has shared his inventing method with us and he wants to share another piece of invaluable advice with fellow idea people:

“If you’re going to be an inventor and you have an idea that you want to get out there to the world, I would stress to you to think very carefully about your chances, as a first-time of doing everything right is pretty hard. By the way, that was me many years ago. Before I started this company, I was in my early twenties and naïve; I thought I could and unfortunately I failed miserably… It took me many years to develop a skillset and to be able to build systems, so that we could actually invent affordably and achieve the outcome we were looking for.”

If you’re ready to chase after your inventing dreams with the Davison Inventing Method, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

The typical Davison client project does not result in a license, sales in stores or profit to the inventor.

Five Things you Might Not Have Known About Walt Disney

Innovation, Inventor Monday

Walt Disney Blog

Saturday, December 5th would have been Walt Disney’s 114th birthday!

Walt Disney is known as one of the most creative animators and entrepreneurs of all time. Did we also mention that he just so happens to be one of our founder and CEO George Davison’s inspirational heroes, too?

Born on December 5, 1901 near Chicago, Illinois, Walt Disney always had an innate desire to create.

Though we know Walt Disney, of course, for his popular creations of Disneyland and Disney World, we wanted to share with you five fun facts that you might not have known about Walt Disney himself!

  1. At the age of 16, Disney dropped out of high school in the hopes of joining the Army, but was rejected for being too young. Instead, he was able to become an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in France.
  2. Disney’s first animation studio was named Laugh-O-Gram. It was here that he began to tell modernized fairytales that were based on Aesop’s Fables. However, the studio went bankrupt (Luckily, that roadblock didn’t deter Disney!).
  3. Disney was known for his skills as an animator; but, he also gave voice acting a chance as well. Mickey Mouse was created in 1928 and from there until 1947, the voice of the mouse was provided by none other than Disney himself, before it was turned over to an English voice actor. However, Disney loved the Mickey Mouse character so much that he returned to the studio in 1955 to voice Mickey Mouse shorts for his company’s television show, The Mickey Mouse Club.
  4. After Disneyland opened, Walt Disney wanted to build a ski resort in California’s Sequoia National Park that mimicked a Swiss-style base village. Though Disney received approval from all governmental agencies, unfortunately when Disney passed away in 1966, the company felt that it could only handle one project at a time, thus deciding to spend their time completing Disney World.
  5. Walt Disney won 22 Academy Awards and was nominated 59 times between 1932 and 1969.  Three of these awards were created specifically for him, one of which was for his creation of Mickey Mouse, while another recognized his contribution of music in the animation field and finally, an Oscar was given to honor Snow White and the Seven Dwarves that featured a traditional Oscar statuette and seven mini versions along with it.

Without a doubt, Walt Disney’s creativity and innovative legacy live on through the many parks, films and other memorabilia that now bear his name.

So, to commemorate Walt Disney’s birthday, we hope that you enjoyed these five fun facts that you might not have known about the man whose creativity continues to inspire creative minds all over the world!

If you have the same undeniable determination to bring your creative ideas to life, submit your idea today.

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://www.biography.com/people/walt-disney-9275533#video-gallery

http://www.inc.com/larry-kim/31-surprising-facts-about-walt-disney.html

http://entertainment.time.com/2013/10/16/10-things-you-probably-didnt-know-about-walt-disney/

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Three Famous Inventors Who Overcame Failure

Innovative Inventions, Inventions, Inventor Stories

“Every glowing path that goes astray… shows you how to find a Better Way!”

Leave it to a 1968 classic children’s film to provide just the right amount of inspiration and humor to keep us motivated.

Recently, our founder and CEO, Mr. Davison, shared the inspirational tune The Roses of Success from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a movie about a down-on-his-luck inventor who eventually invents a revolutionary flying car. See the song below.

Throughout this movie and this song in particular, viewers are shown that sometimes things don’t play out as you’d hope. This notion applies perfectly to the world of inventing.

Sometimes our imaginations run free and we believe that our inventions will be an instant record-breaking success. However, even some of the most famous inventors had to overcome obstacles in order to achieve success!

If you don’t believe us, here’s a short list of inventors who had to overcome failure.

Let’s start with an example right from the song!

Alexander_Graham_Bell

Alexander Graham Bell – Straight from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a verse that encapsulates Bell’s struggles to claim his invention of the telephone as his own! For years and years, Bell faced legal challenges to claim that he was the sole inventor. Rather than give up, Bell embarked on one of the longest patent battles in history to fight for his idea.

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison – The phonograph, electrical lamp and the movie camera were just a few of the inventions that are credited to Edison. However, none of these inventions, plus his more than 1,000 patents, would have been possible if he listened to his teachers that told him he was “too stupid to learn anything.”

Walt Disney

Walt Disney – Mickey Mouse and Walt Disney World wouldn’t mean anything to us today if Walt Disney listened to the newspaper editor who fired him because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” But, that wasn’t the only failure that Disney ever experienced. In fact, several more of his business ventures failed before the premiere of his movie “Snow White.” Despite these failures, we can see today that those detours eventually would lead him down the road to ultimate success!

Thanks to our own founder and CEO Mr. Davison for sharing this inspirational clip to show us that even the most successful inventors had to overcome their fair share of failures and obstacles to reach their own Roses of Success!

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://www.businessinsider.com/successful-people-who-failed-at-first-2014-3

Media:

https://youtu.be/GND10sWq0n0

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/10/Alexander_Graham_Bell.jpg

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9d/Thomas_Edison2.jpg

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/Walt_Disney_1946.JPG

Name that Invention!

Davison News, Patents

Davison Patent Wall

During a tour of Inventionland, the facility that does design work for Davison and Davison’s clients, excited visitors end their experience with a visual look at what Davison considers one of the last steps in the inventing process- filing a patent application.

A long, white hallway becomes a conversation piece as visitors take a closer look at actual patents named to our very own founder and CEO, George Davison. A description on the wall reads:

“As you come to the end of your project and know what your product is going to be, you can file your patent, as you can see…and that is why patents are at the end of the tour. Thank you for coming!”

Though visitors are able to take a look at each of the patents in detail, would they be able to recognize these invention ideas by their patent illustrations alone?

Recently, Smithsonian Magazine brought us a better way to test our skills in identifying inventions based only on their patent illustrations with a unique quiz. Give it a try!

Following that same inspiration, would you be able to identify some of our very own invention ideas simply by looking at their patent illustrations?

 

Hover Creeper Patent

Mechanic’s Creeper

Patent No. US D569,572 S

You may better recognize the Mechanic’s Creeper as none other than our IDSA Design Award-Winning Hover Creeper! Traditional automotive creepers have wheels that often get stuck in floor cracks, so we found a Better Way to design a creeper without expensive and breakage-prone wheels. This invention hovers slightly above the ground with the power of compressed air!

 

Better Bobbin Patent

Bobbin Winder

Patent No. US D611,516 S

The Bobbin Winder would later become known as the Better Bobbin to be featured in various stores. It was our solution for our client who wanted a quick and convenient way to fill bobbins directly from the sewing machine.

Goggleflauge Patent

Camouflage and Protective Headgear

Patent No. 5,652,963

Clearly something worn on the face, but what is it? Later to be recognized as the Goggleflauge™, this invention was developed by a paintball player to cover a player’s face mask so they can go unnoticed on the playing field. In addition to its camouflage features, it also has a soft form design that actually absorbs the impact of a paintball, allowing it to absorb and bounce without breaking.

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-you-guess-the-invention-based-on-these-patent-illustrations-180956754/

 

 

Davison Makes the Headlines, Again!

Davison News, George Davison

It’s been an exciting time here at Davison! Not only has our client’s product, the Bacon Baker, been recently featured on the TODAY Show, we’ve also been featured in a Pittsburgh Trib Total Media publication. Check it out!

Trib Live Article

In the article, the words “Imagination, innovation and invention,” were all used to describe our friends over at Inventionland’s creative workspace.

The article, “Inventionland helps build new products, entrepreneurs,” deems our creative design facility an “idea incubator” that is capable of helping people who’ve “hatched an idea for a fabulous new invention…”

After chronicling founder and CEO Mr. Davison’s personal invention journey, contributing Trib Total Media writer Joyce Hanz discusses how both Davison Design & Development and Inventionland were born. Hanz briefly touches on how Mr. Davison came up with the Davison Inventing Method.

“This method involves a nine-step process under one roof to increase productivity and provide a one-stop-shopping invention incubator,” she says.

Trib Live- Davison

But, that’s just a brief overview of this great article. Read more about Mr. Davison and our friends over at Inventionland in the Trib LIVE!

Copyright Davison, 2015

 

59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball Raises $65,850 in “A Night to Remember!”

Community News, Davison News

Well, now we know what the hype surrounding last month’s 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball was all about.

You may recall, that our founder and CEO Mr. Davison, his mother and Pittsburgh CLO Guild member, Moira Davison, and his daughter, Morgan Davison, served as a three-generation team of co-chairs to host the magical evening. They welcomed nearly 350 guests to the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh to celebrate “A Night to Remember.”

Thanks to their efforts and the generous support of those who attended the epic event, the Pittsburgh CLO Guild has just announced that they raised $65,850 from the annual ball!

Those proceeds directly impact the arts in Pittsburgh, going toward the Pittsburgh CLO’s mainstage productions, the CLO Academy of Musical Theater, the CLO Internship Program, the Guild Scholarship Fund, CLO Mini Stars and much more.

You can read more about the 59th Annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette or on Triblive.com. See more photos from “A Night to Remember” in Whirl Magazine.

Copyright Davison 2014

 

Davison Trio Co-chairs Pittsburgh CLO Guild’s Memorable Night

Davison News

When Pittsburgh came together in celebration of the arts for the 59th annual CLO Guild Ball on Saturday, June 7th, it was none other than our CEO and founder, George Davison, his mother, Moira, and his daughter, Morgan, who led the epic night!

The three generations of Davison co-chairs hosted the magical evening, “A Night to Remember,” welcoming nearly 350 guests to the Westin Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh.

The musical night included dinner, dancing, raffles and a silent auction, all in support of the Pittsburgh CLO Guild’s community outreach programs, which include performing arts college scholarships, internship programs, youth and senior ticket programs, musical theater training programs for adults and children with disabilities and other community arts programs.

Longtime CLO Guild supporters Judge Robert and the late Violet Gallo also were honored during the evening with the CLOE Award and a video tribute.

Special thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the 59th annual Pittsburgh CLO Guild Ball in support of the arts!

Read more about the exciting evening in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette or on Triblive.com and see more photos from “A Night to Remember” in Whirl Magazine!

Copyright Davison 2014

Davison Products Have Sold in 1,200 Stores!

Davison News, Product News

It seems like only yesterday when our founder and CEO, George Davison excitedly smashed a 9-liter bottle of champagne in our creative workspace, Inventionland, in celebration of reaching a monumental company milestone:

Though that was not long ago, we have continued to add retailers at astounding rates. Today, we’re pleased to announce that the number of stores and online retailers that have carried Davison-designed products and packaging solutions has reached 1,200!

According to Davison, Walmart was the invention industry leader’s first store; but, in 25 years, many more retailers have been added to the list of stores that have carried Davison designs.

Davison’s own invention dream launched the company back in 1989. Since then, he has perfected his Better Way to Invent and brought all aspects of the inventing process under one roof, Inventionland, the 61,000 square foot design facility that churns out 2,200 – 2,400 new inventions each year for every day inventors and corporate clients, alike.

As an inventor, Davison said that one of his greatest rewards is seeing Davison-designed products reach store shelves.

“I find it extremely rewarding to bring an idea for a new product to life… then, actually see it in packaging and on the store shelf. There is nothing more exciting,” said Davison.

Today, you can find Davison-designed products and packaging solutions in big-name retailers like Target, Kohl’s and The Home Depot. There are also hundreds of niche retailers that have added that Davison “D” to their store shelves.

See some of the products that have sold in stores and online here.

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