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Power of Observation Leads to Innovation

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventing Advice, Inventions

Innovation is a natural phenomenon that occurs over time. Think of things you see and use in your daily life that have evolved by leaps and bounds over time thanks to major innovations and improvements – wheels, telecommunication, computers, gaming and more.

It’s when we open our eyes and open our minds to the nature of improvement that innovation ignites.

For over 27 years, so many people have reached out to our professional team at Davison because they believed in their ideas. They are idea people. They are innovators. They are inventors.

These clients believed that they had found “a better way.” While some confidentially submitted ideas for completely new inventions, others submitted ideas for innovations that would improve a current way something is done. They were able to tune into their power of observation and open their minds to the possibility of improvement. In either case, these client stories are not unlike the story of our founder, Mr. George Davison. While they may have tried and failed and then tried again and failed again, it’s all a part of failing your way forward.

As we keep going after our ideas, new observations are realized. We learn to understand why it didn’t work the first time, the second time, the third time. However many times it takes is what’s necessary to make movement and progress. Just take it from one of Mr. Davison’s inspirational thought leaders:

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

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American inventor Thomas Alva Edison (1847 – 1931), in his laboratory at Orange, New Jersey. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

The lesson is to keep curious, keep observing and continue on the path to innovation. If you have an idea and want help on your invention journey, contact us today.

Copyright Davison, 2016

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Inventors’ Dreams Come True at The Container Store

Davison News, Featured Invention, Inventing Advice, Inventor Stories, Product News

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“Fail your way forward.” This may be some of the greatest advice Davison founder and CEO Mr. George Davison has for any inventor. This advice is something he has learned and followed himself during his almost thirty years of inventing.

preview-party-inviteFlash back to 1987. “In 1987, I could only dream to be in dialogue with the manufacturer and the retailer all at the same time!” said Mr. Davison, who was determined to do just that – fail his way forward, develop a better way to invent, and establish the right relationships to get products to store shelves.

Fast forward to present day when just last week, Mr. Davison joined our friends from Inventionland and Jokari/US, Inc. at The Container Store’s new Pittsburgh location for an exclusive, invite-only preview party held before the actual grand opening of the store!

“There I was with Jokari and buyers from The Container Store, walking the floor!” said Mr. Davison realizing this unique opportunity that only presents itself after building years of industry relationships.

It’s these industry relationships and insider knowledge that bring value to the services provided by Davison to clients every day so that – just like Mr. Davison – our clients, too, have a better chance at finding success on their inventing journeys.

At The Container Store preview, there was much excitement after seeing client Jennifer’s Hanger Pockets on store shelves in The Container Store’s own private label packaging!

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It’s another solid story of success for client Jennifer who, you may recall, earlier this year had her invention packaged under Jokari’s Paula Deen Everyday Collection!

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Here’s to great inventors having their dreams come true at The Container Store!

Copyright Davison, 2016

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Start your Journey with the Decision to Try

Innovation, Inventing Advice

Start your inventing journey with the decision to try.

Every day, we are faced with a multitude of decisions. From the simplest, like what shoes you’ll wear that day, to the more difficult decisions, like deciding if today is the day that you’ll take the steps to chase after your dreams. As the clock ticks on, we are constantly uncovering answers to questions.

Deciding if you want to pursue your dreams isn’t an easy decision to make. There are a myriad of emotions that come rushing through, like uncertainty and anxiousness in not knowing what to expect when making this type of decision.

Though this can seem overwhelming and perhaps make you hesitant to take a chance, one thing that may be more plaguing is the feeling of regret – the regret of not knowing whether or not you could have succeeded.

Though failure could be the outcome, we’ve been taught time and time again that failure is a learning experience and our very own founder and CEO George Davison can attest to the notion of failing your way forward.

So, when idea people make the decision to pursue their dreams and choose Davison to join them on their journey, it’s always motivating to receive their feedback once they’ve reviewed their Pre-Development Portfolios.

We value client feedback because it gives a well-rounded understanding of how we can improve our inventing method in order to help idea people everywhere potentially make their dreams a reality.

Here are just a few examples of the recent feedback we’ve received from our clients:

“I was blown out of the water by it.”Tommie T.

“Truly amazed at all the research and how well thought out the Portfolio is…Thank you.”Zina S.

“I would not know how to move forward without it.”Daisy P.

“It was easy to understand and answered my questions on the process.”Michael P.

If you’re ready to make your inventing dream a reality, submit your invention idea today!

Copyright Davison, 2016

The Importance of Desire when Pursuing an Idea

Innovation, Inventions

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You have a goal in mind. You dream about it. It’s a nagging thought. It’s always on the top of your mind. It’s a constant; but, can it become a reality?

We all have dreams and aspirations; however, it takes desire to turn them into reality.

As the popular saying from Eric Thomas goes, “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you will be successful.”

In the invention industry, desire is what sparks the fire; it’s what helps a person persevere despite the ups and the downs of the process. Desire keeps an idea person excited and willing to proceed with their dream, urging them to  do what it takes to make it a reality.

Desire is fueled by your why. Everyone’s why is different and that’s what makes it unique. What fuels your desire to relentlessly chase after your dreams? What’s the driving force behind why you want this product to succeed?

For our CEO and founder, George Davison, his why was fueled by failure and his story of passion and desire has become a great example of how to fail forward.

For some, failure is the end of the road. For others, like George Davison, it was a chance to find an alternative path.

“Nothing happens without establishing a deep desire inside of you. Your first quest should be to understand yourself and what you desire to accomplish,” said Mr. Davison. ”

Desire is in the driver’s seat of the invention journey, but before the gas can be applied, you have to determine which map you’ll follow, how you’ll handle roadblocks and how you’ll navigate the unbeaten path.

“Desire… it is the single most important step if you choose to be an innovator, inventor or entrepreneur,” said Mr. Davison.

Will your desire burn strong and bright enough for you to submit your invention idea, today?

Copyright Davison, 2016

This Inventor is the Original ‘Piano Man’

Innovation, Inventions, Inventor Stories

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May is National Inventors Month! This month-long celebration promotes the inventors whose ideas have served as real contributions in the world.

When you think about inventors, names like George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, Albert Einstein and Alexander Graham Bell might come to mind.

But in today’s blog, in honor of this inventors 361st birthday, we’re paying tribute to Bartolomeo Cristofori, just like Google did last year with Cristofori’s very own Google doodle.

Does his name strike a chord with you? If it doesn’t, you’ll want to listen to his story!

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Though Cristofori likely isn’t a household name or a name that immediately pops into your head when you think of famous inventors, you’d be surprised to know that his invention is much more popular than you think.

As an Italian musical instrument maker, Cristofori has been credited with the invention of the pianoforte, or as we now know it, the piano.

Yes, Cristofori invented the piano – you know, the instrument that plays some of the most beautiful music, has helped create some of the most famous music pieces and has aided some of the world’s best musicians? Yes, we’re talking about that piano!

Cristofori’s invention idea started when he created a hammer mechanism that struck the strings on a keyboard to make a sound. Depending on how hard or lightly the hammer struck the key, the sound would either be louder or softer.

The ability to change the volume of the tones was a major breakthrough for the music world.

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Before Cristofori invented the piano, he worked as a harpsichord maker. If you’re unfamiliar with the harpsichord, the idea of changing the loudness of the tones is very foreign for this instrument. So, Cristofori set out find a better way to make music.

How did he do so? As we mentioned before, his invention was comprised of a hammer that struck the strings to make either soft or loud sounds, depending on the amount of pressure placed on the key by the musician. He removed the plucking mechanism that’s commonly found on a harpsichord and replaced it with a hammer – thus laying the foundation for the piano!

The origin of the piano dates back to around 1709 and about four of his pianos existed by 1711.

But, like most inventions, the first iteration isn’t the last. In fact, it took Cristofori 25 years to improve his piano to the piano that we’re most familiar with. The frames for his piano were made of wood in the style of a harpsichord. Though his invention wasn’t accepted by his home country of Italy, it was the Germans who marketed and made the instrument popular.

If it wasn’t for Cristofori’s idea and his ability to think outside of the harpsichord, we can’t help but wonder where would the likes of Frederic Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven and Johann Sebastian Bach, to name a few, be?

You see, there’s no idea too small or large. Who knows, maybe one day your invention idea will change the world like Cristofori’s idea did!

Copyright Davison, 2016

Sources:

https://www.google.com/doodles/bartolomeo-cristoforis-360th-birthday

http://www.britannica.com/biography/Bartolomeo-Cristofori

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http://www.google.com/doodles/bartolomeo-cristoforis-360th-birthday

 

Innovation in Action: Customer Obsession

Innovation

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For over 25 years, we’ve been helping innovative people get their products on store shelves. In fact, our products have sold in over 1,200 stores.

This feat wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for our customer obsession and by that we mean our clients – the inventors.

In a recent article published on the Huffington Post titled, Customer Obsession is the New Design, our customer-driven mindset was echoed.

Airbnb’s head of design, Alex Schleifer, started a critical conversation about why design-led companies simply don’t work.

The head of design at a lucrative company is saying that design-led companies aren’t any good? Though this claim may be a bit befuddling, at the core of this argument is a larger conversation, one that’s rooted in the customer.

In the article, Rich Nadworny, Principal at Empatico, design consulting, argues that companies need more people who are “Customer Obsessive” and to use design tools to invent new things, new processes and ultimately, new experiences.

“If you’re customer obsessive, you must know what matters to someone else. You feel the drive to solve their problem first as a way of solving yours. That’s where innovation that matters happens,” he said.

Nadworny made note of something that stuck out, the idea of feeling the need and the desire to solve the customer’s problem first as a way of solving yours.

The notion of solving problems is at the core of inventions; and, at Davison, we work diligently every day to help our clients find a Better Way to do something through their problem-solving inventions.

That’s why this article reminded us of the Davison Inventing Method, a process that’s solely focused on our clients and their ideas.

Our work at Davison wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the creative minds of our clients, the inventors, who take a chance on their inventions and work with us to possibly turn their dreams into reality.

So in the end, we think it’s perfectly fine to have a healthy obsession with being customer obsessive.

Copyright Davison, 2015

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

Sources:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rich-nadworny/customer-obsession-is-the_b_8332666.html?utm_source=LUMAtic+News&utm_campaign=6518391186-Newsworthy%3A+Innovation+in+Action%3A+Customer+Obsess&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_737f85ccab-6518391186-100672617&mc_cid=6518391186&mc_eid=b8fb06675e

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Ford is Riding in Style with Latest Patent

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Patents

 

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Photo credit: Ford via U.S. Patent Office

If you’re one of the many people that spend more time in their car than in their house, Ford’s latest patent could make your commute a little bit homier!

Recently, Ford patented a concept for an autonomous car that can reconfigure its seats so that passengers in the front can face those in the rear, much like living room seating.

The patent drawing showcases a myriad of seat styles that can be altered to a person’s liking. For instance, a bench can be folded so that it’s either facing the rear or the front of the vehicle or a person can tuck their front seats under the dashboard for a comfortable foot rest.

Furthermore, the seats are on a swivel and can fold while the vehicle is in motion. Even the steering wheel can be stored in the dashboard for more space and added comfort!

The ultimate goal of Ford’s self-driving vehicle is that passengers can sit back and relax while their car takes them to their desired destination.

The idea behind Ford’s latest patent is reminiscent of the seating in the Mercedes-Benz’s futuristic autonomous concept that was revealed early this year at the International CES.

Though this is an innovative concept, you shouldn’t expect to see this vehicle in the near future. In fact, fully-autonomous vehicles are still a ways away from use due to regulatory and technological obstacles.

In the meantime, check out this short video from Bloomberg Business to learn more about Ford’s latest patent:

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2015/08/20/ford-living-room-car/ http://www.autonews.com/article/20150820/OEM06/150829990/ford-patents-autonomous-vehicle-with-reconfigurable-seats

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hyx6EeU-WM8

The Lexus Hoverboard Proves Inventions Never Stop Evolving!

Innovation, Innovative Inventions

In our industry, it is widely known that inventions are always evolving. After all, inventors are constantly finding Better Ways to do things, right?

Recently, we saw another example of an invention that continues to evolve and we just couldn’t help but share it!

 

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The Lexus Hoverboard. Image: wired.com

Luxury vehicle maker Lexus has just released a working hoverboard. The skateboard-esque invention uses superconductors and magnets to pull riders away from gravity, allowing them to zoom through the air like Marty McFly! While the ride is not nearly as effortless as it appeared in Back to the Future, the Lexus Hoverboard has passed initial product testing, proving that, yes, we may actually be able to fly through the air Jetson-style!

Our interests in this story are not purely to satisfy our inner child; our friends over at Inventionland have worked on a couple products that work similarly to the hoverboard concept! Remember our client, John’s BikeBoard? This outdoor enthusiast came up with an idea that combined two of his favorite alternative sports, biking and skateboarding. Imagine if this product was innovated to have hovering capabilities!

Then, there was our client, Kurt’s Hover Creeper. This innovative product actually gave a lift to mechanics everywhere, so that they could hover over imperfect garage floors to easily complete auto repairs. At the time that the product was released, it was necessary to power its air compressor via a wall outlet. But, what if the Lexus Hoverboard technology was used to give the Hover Creeper an additional lift?

It is this kind of forward thinking that fosters new inventions every day, which is why we couldn’t help but get excited about the Lexus Hoverboard’s successful product test! If you haven’t seen the Lexus Hoverboard in action yet, check it out here:

And, the Lexus Hoverboard isn’t the only recent technology that’s pushing for faster individualized transportation. A Japanese engineer has innovated a battery-powered board that is no larger than a laptop! Check out this personalized transporter that has been deemed the WalkCar here:

Here’s to two exciting new inventions that continue to prove there’s always a Better Way!

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://www.wired.com/2015/08/lexus-hoverboard/

http://time.com/3989603/japan-walkcar-transporter/

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvG_356itPs&feature=youtu.be

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

Out with the Old and in with the New Converse Shoes

Innovation

 

Chuck Taylor Converse

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Converse’s Chuck Taylor All Star has withstood the test of time. Since its debut in 1917, the Chuck Taylor All Star has become one of the most iconic sneakers in history.

Recently, the 100-year old American shoe company, which is now owned by Nike, decided to switch things up and redesign these classic shoes.

As we always say, inventions are modified time and time again. For the case of the Chuck Taylor All Star, it took quite some time for this innovative shoe to be updated.

 

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Image: New York Times

Now, the Chuck Taylor All Star II has been designed and developed to provide a better way to meet the demands of the creative lifestyle of the next generation.

The rubber toe-cap, All Star ankle patch and the white rubber strip that connects the sole to the canvas upper have withstood the redesign. However, a sole liner has been added to cushion the wearer’s feet and to provide arch support.

The arch support is reinforced by Nike’s Lunarlon foam material.  Additionally, a strip of padding has been added to the collar of the shoe, as well as a non-slip finish to the shoe’s tongue.

A perforated artificial micro-suede upper liner has been incorporated to help prevent a person’s feet from getting too hot and sweaty.

So, what is exactly is the reasoning behind changing such an iconic shoe? According to Jim Calhoun, president and CEO of Converse, “The launch of Chuck II is a ground-breaking moment for Converse as we continue to move the brand forward through creativity and innovation, ushering in not just a new sneaker, but a completely new way of thinking.”

Here are some quick fun facts about Converse:

  • Converse began making its basketball shoes in 1917, in order to compete with ball manufacturer Spalding.
  • The Chuck Taylor All Star was named after a basketball player by the same name. Chuck Taylor helped to improve the design of the shoe.
  • Nike Bought Converse in 2003 in a deal that was worth an estimated $305 million at the time.

In the end, it’s out with the old and in with the new for these redesigned sneakers that are now on the market!

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://www.dezeen.com/2015/07/27/converse-first-redesign-classic-chuck-taylor-all-star-ii-sneakers/

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/25/fashion/converse-chuck-taylor-all-star-ii.html?_r=0

Media:

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Passing the Torch of Innovation

Innovation

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From August 5 – 21, 2016, the world’s best athletes will all meet in Rio to take part in the 2016 Olympic Games.

But, before this event can take place, the famous Olympic torch must be passed.

Next year’s torch has already been revealed by Sao Paulo studio, Chelles & Hayashi- a seemingly unknown studio that was selected from a nationwide competition that included 76 agencies to design the torch.

The ceremony will take place in Brasilia and the Olympic torch will be passed between 12,000 torchbearers, across 500 cities on its 100-day journey through Brazil.

During this time, when the torch is passed from person to person, which is known as “the kiss of the torches,” the sections towards the top of the baton will open up automatically.  But, that’s not the only notable design feature.

In fact, the 2016 torch is made of recycled aluminum and expands vertically when in contact with the flame, which then reveals a series of colored resin sections. The blue and green resin sections, as well as the yellow flame, are meant to represent the sea, mountains, sky and sun.

These colors are also found in the Brazilian flag.

 

Rio Olympic Torch

Rio 2016 Olympic Torch (Image: Dezeen.com)

The triangular shape of the torch is very similar to the one that was used during the games in London in 2012. The shape gives a nod to the three primary Olympic values- excellence, friendship and respect.

The Olympic torch relay is a tradition that dates back to the 1936 games that were held in Berlin. The flame is lit in Athens- where the games originated- it’s then flown to the host country before making its way around the designated route where it lights a cauldron during the opening ceremony, which then burns for the entirety of the games.

Copyright Davison, 2015

Sources:

http://www.dezeen.com/2015/07/07/rio-2016-olympic-torch-design-expanding-aluminium-resin-chelles-hayashi/

http://olympictalk.nbcsports.com/2015/07/03/rio-2016-olympic-torch-unveiled/

Media:

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