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Sweet News from QVC! Our Fill N Flip to Air Today!

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And… we’re bbbaaaccckkk!

It’s been a few months since the Miracle Meatloaf Pan was featured on QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David” in June. Now that the main course is over, it’s time we and QVC viewers everywhere turn our attention to dessert!

The Mrs. Fields Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan that we designed for the Love Cooking Company is set to be featured on QVC this afternoon!

The innovative cake pan that makes it a cinch to add your favorite fillings to each and every cake you bake is slated to appear on QVC’s “Gifts for the Cook” show, which begins at 3 p.m. (EST) today.

We’re sure that QVC’s top bakers will have some incredible recipes for our Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan that really “take the cake” today. While you’ll have to wait to see those, we can tell you that the pan allows for incredible fillings like pudding, fruit, compote or any other delicious flavors you’re craving.

Call home or set your DVR through your phone to make sure you don’t miss today’s “D-licious” appearance on QVC. But, don’t worry, we’ll have the video and many more details after the Fill N Flip Locking Layer Pan appears on QVC’s “Gifts for the Cook” show today at 3 p.m.

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Mommy Blogger Dana Vento Introduces Brookie-Bribery at Home!

Product News

We could talk all day and night about how innovative and ingenious the Brookie Pan is that we designed for Love Cooking Company. What could be tastier than combining the two of the world’s best sweets – a brownie and a cookie – into one tantalizing treat?

But, we know… we know… it is one thing for us to tell everyone just how good the Brookie is, but it is another thing altogether whenever someone actually tries it for themselves.

And, who better to try out the Brookie Pan than famed Pittsburgh mommy blogger Dana Vento?

Vento tested a Brookie Pan and not only raved about the results on her blog, “Dana Vento: Lavishly Living Life Out Loud;” but, she also uploaded a video of her Brookie-making process to YouTube!

What did she think about our brownie-cookie creation?

“The final product [is] nothing short of amazing and 5-star divine!” said Vento.

In fact, she called the products that have resulted from the union between Mrs. Fields and Love Cookie Company… “ultimate!”

“Together Mrs. Fields and the Love Cooking Company have blended innovation and recipes to create the ultimate wares for your kitchen needs,” said Vento.

Of course, we know that many of those products are the result of the union between ideas and innovation at Inventionland! But, back to Vento’s Brookie-making adventure!

On her blog, Vento describes how she institutes a dinner-time Clean Plate Club (CPC) at her home. To get into the club, her family, which includes her husband and three children, must try everything that is offered during dinner – even if it is only a small spoonful. To be granted CPC status, they must clean their plates of everything they try.

Why try to join the CPC? Well, it’s the only way to get dessert and in this particular case… a Brookie!

“The CPC in our home has never been in such demand as the kids can’t wait to get to their Brookie,” said Vento. “While I don’t believe in bribing, I sure do believe in great tasting, homemade treats that taunt, tease and delight the senses and the Brookie offers just that, a way to satisfy that sweet tooth pang!”

Of course, we couldn’t agree more!

Read more about Vento’s CPC here or watch below to see her Brooking-baking in action:

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Whack-a-Mouse Tops 180,000 Views on YouTube!

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Let the great Davison-designed pet product news keep coming!

Yesterday, we told you about Sticks Throwing Dog Treats and the Whack-a-Mouse Interactive Cat Toy, two pet innovations that were designed for Hugs Pet Products and recently had been featured on Coupaw.com, a pet-and-deal-lover’s best friend.

Today, we’re excited to tell you even more great news about the innovative Whack-a-Mouse that we designed at Davison.

You see, a little over a year ago, the people at ThinkGeek created a short, entertaining video that featured cats, dogs and even humans playing with the Whack-a-Mouse, aptly called the “Cat Whack a Mole.”

Now, that video has reached over 180,000 hits on YouTube, ranking it as one of the top five videos when you search for “Whack-a-Mole” or “Whack-a-Mouse” on the site!

What does that mean for the Davison-designed pet product? Well, we did a little more digging and found out that those 180,000+ views translated to the Whack-a-Mouse being out of stock on ThinkGeek.com!

What a lesson in the law of supply and demand!

But, don’t worry; if you would like to pick up a Whack-a-Mouse for your dog, cat or even for yourself, ThinkGeek expects to have more in stock in just 1-3 weeks.

See the Whack-a-Mouse on YouTube or at ThinkGeek today.

Copyright Davison, 2014

This Invention is Cruising Towards Innovation

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

There is nothing like a relaxing Sunday drive with your windows down and the music on. But, what about a Sunday drive with your windows down, music on and your hands not on the wheel? Yes, you read that right; starting in 2015, hands-free driving will be coming to new cars!

A few weeks ago, we wrote a blog about Google’s latest invention of the self-driving car. So today, to keep in line with the invention idea of self-driving cars and innovation, we are going to talk about the Cruise RP-1, which is a system that is an autopilot tool for the road.

This invention works in a way that once the system is installed, a driver can simply press the Cruise button, which then allows the driver to travel on a highway without having to touch the steering wheel or foot pedals. This innovative invention ensures that the car stays in the lane and maintains a safe distance between itself and the car in front of it. Furthermore, the Cruise RP-1 also can stop and navigate a car through stop-and-go traffic.

This invention will be fitted to nearly any vehicle. Additionally, there is a roof-mounted “sensor pod” that will contain two cameras, a radar mechanism, GPS, inertial sensors and an on-board computer, as well as actuators that will control the car’s steering, acceleration and braking actions. The Cruise RP-1 will use all of these software/hardware combinations to constantly scan the road, in order to keep the car operating within a safe distance from other cars and the boundaries that are present in the driving environment.

In addition to the car system, the Cruise also will feature an iOS app that will allow the driver to see what the system can see in real-time. This will be done through Wi-Fi and the app will provide a graphic that will display the cars that are detected around the driver.

As of right now, this invention is scheduled to be released for a limited rollout in California sometime in 2015!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://mashable.com/2014/06/23/cruise-hands-free-driving/

http://www.businessinsider.com/cruise-autopilot-startup-2014-6

Flying High with Innovative Ideas

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

With summer break right around the corner, people everywhere will be heading to their vacation destinations. Sometimes, these getaways are just too far for a person to drive, so they have to take to the sky to reach their paradise.

Each year, there are new, innovative invention ideas that are geared toward the airline industry. Whether it’s new technology or designs, these ideas continue to fly high.

Today, we are going to take a look at a few of the latest innovative designs that are ready to take off! Let’s take a look!

Dual user armrest- Perhaps the bane of most travelers existence is the awkward encounters that ensue because of armrests. Who gets the armrest? How do you bargain with a stranger? These questions plus many more might be a thing of the past with this invention.  James S.H. Lee is the Director of Paperclip Design Limited, Hong Kong, received honors for his designs that work to find a solution to the battle for which flyer gets the armrest by giving one to both!

This invention design is inspired by the shape of a paperclip and provides two armrests in one single space; one above and one below which are both part of a single, smooth-curved unit. Although this invention design won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2009 for its innovation, it is still in the works and only time will tell if this is the end of one battle and the beginning of another.  Who will get the top or bottom tier of the armrest?

Take a seat- Whether it’s a short flight or a long flight, chances are, you would like some sort of comfort from your seat.  One innovation in particular, known as The Thompson Aero Cozy Suite is a new invention design for those who fly in the economy class. The rows of seats are staggered so that the passengers are slightly set back from one another. The “suite” style seats add an extra layer of privacy and personal space, however, it will use about the same space that is needed for traditional seating. Although this may sound like a solution to the woes of people invading your personal space while flying, this aviation invention may never actually see the inside of an airplane cabin. But, only time will tell!

Flying toward the future- Despite the fact that this airline invention may be decades away, Airbus’ invention idea of the Concept Cabin doesn’t align with the traditional cabin classes that we see today. In fact, the Business and Economy class are replaced by zones. These zones pinpoint more individual needs such as relaxing, playing games, interacting with others, or even holding business meetings with people on the ground. The bionic structure of the cabin, along with its responsive membrane, combines panoramic views with an integrated network that runs through it.  This network can identify and respond to the specific needs of each passenger.  Additionally, this invention design offers different levels of experience for the traveler within each zone. This would allow for airlines to achieve the price differential they need in order to operate a successful business. Although this seems like a cool idea, this innovative invention design is still decades away from coming to fruition!

Just like any invention, these aviation design ideas look to offer solutions to problems that have existed for quite some time in the airline industry. Problems such as who gets the armrest to maintaining your personal space on an airplane may soon become a thing of the past. Although it’s uncertain if any of these inventions will actually make it to mass production, one thing is for sure, these invention ideas are flying high with innovation!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/travelnews/10810628/Aircraft-interiors-the-armrest-that-could-defuse-an-elbow-war.html

http://skift.com/2014/04/24/the-airplane-seat-design-that-can-end-the-battle-of-the-armrests/

http://airchive.com/blog/2014/04/14/aircraft-interiors-expo-2014-wrap-up/

http://www.airbus.com/innovation/future-by-airbus/concept-planes/the-airbus-concept-cabin/

Images:

http://q8allinone.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Paperclip-Armrest-4.jpg

http://airchive.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/IMG_20140409_123721687.jpg

http://www.airbus.com/typo3temp/pics/d6fa2d5032.jpg

Learn How This Invention is Hiding in Plain Sight

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

Although Memorial Day has come and gone, we can still honor those brave service men and women each and every day. With the military on our minds, we thought that this would be the perfect time to delve a little bit deeper into the invention of camouflage.

So, let’s take this invention story out of hiding and start with the basics! Using camouflage is a necessity for military personnel.  It’s used as protection to hide a soldier and their equipment from the enemy.

The initial idea for this invention spans back to the beginning of human civilization; in fact, camouflage predates humans entirely! It comes from the natural adaptions that allow animals to blend in with their environment.

However, in the past 100 years, camouflage has played a crucial role in military operations far and wide across the globe.

Military camouflage became mainstream when a hunting enthusiast by the name of Jim Crumley used a Magic Marker to draw vertical tree-trunk lines on a few pairs of tie-dyed coats and pants in the late 1970s. A few decades later, his patented “Trebark” design went from being featured in small ads in Bowhunter magazine to appearing in nearly every major outdoors catalog in the country.

To begin, the most basic camouflage is worn by soldiers while in action. This form of camouflage requires two components: color and pattern. These two factors play a role in helping to conceal the soldier.

Furthermore, there isn’t a set combination of color and patterns because they are dependent upon the surrounding environment. For instance, in jungle warfare, camouflage is usually green and brown in order to match the foliage and the dirt. While, on the other hand, soldiers wear an array of tan colors while on desert assignments.  For those soldiers in a snowy climate, white and grays are issued. In order to complete the hiding in plain sight look, soldiers will also paint their faces to match the camouflage material.

Although camouflage is predominately geared toward clothing, as early as World War II, military officials used netting, foliage and smoke in order to conceal airports, oil tankers and factories from aerial detection.

Now, high-tech vinyl-adhesive photographs can conceal entire bridges; not to mention, temporary camouflage can be painted on military tanks. A contractor by the name of AAE has patented a type of fabric that helps prevent infrared radar from detecting body heat and has called it the “stealth poncho.”

Camouflage comes in all shapes and sizes and this invention continues to grow and better conceal our armed forces.

Just as our soldiers protect and serve our country day in and day out, the invention of camouflage continues to help protect our soldiers in active duty.

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://science.howstuffworks.com/military-camouflage1.htm

http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1906083,00.html

Images:

http://static1.businessinsider.com/image/4dff4095ccd1d5fb0b0e0000-480/marines-camoflage.jpg

Dr. John Gorrie’s Invention will have you Singing “Ice Ice Baby!”

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

The frigid winter temperatures are now becoming a repressed memory as we slowly, but surely take baby steps toward warm weather.

With the summer months right around the corner, people will begin to crave something cold to cool them off in the hot temperatures. Sometimes, all that you need is an ice-cold drink to leave you feeling refreshed. You can credit the feeling of pure joy when that icy drink hits your lips to John Gorrie, who invented the ice machine.

As the story goes, it was July 14, 1847 and the weather in Apalachicola, Florida was muggy. The stores of ice from the north had run out and the French consul Monsieur Rosan was celebrating Bastille Day. The guests began to fear that a dreadfully uncomfortable afternoon was on the horizon.

A local doctor began to further complain about not wanting to drink warm wine. So, Monsieur Rosan announced that “France gave her citizens what they wanted; Rosan gives his guests what they want, cool wines! Even if it demands a miracle!” After a short period of time, the waiters entered the room with large silver trays filled with bottles of champagne on ice.

People began to wonder where on earth the ice could have come from. The fact of the matter was that the ice was created right in Florida. One of the guests declared, “Let us drink to the man who made the ice, Dr. Gorrie.”

Dr. John Gorrie, a local physician, had spent more than five years working with a mechanical refrigeration machine. This contraption had the ability to make both ice and cool air. For years, he used it in his infirmary to make his fever patients more comfortable.

Gorrie was an early pioneer of the invention of the artificial manufacturer of ice, refrigeration and air conditioning. Following in the footsteps of earlier experiments in refrigeration like those of William Culle in 1748, Oliver Evans in 1805 and Jacob Perkins in 1834, Gorrie successfully designed, patented and built a prototype of his ice making machine.

Now, Gorrie’s original invention design was more than twice the size of the refrigerator you may have in your kitchen; however, the characteristics of the invention itself were pretty much the same. Much like modern air conditioners, refrigerators and freezers, the production of ice relies on what‘s known as “vapor compressions refrigeration.”

The process can be explained as such; if the air were highly compressed, it would then heat up by the energy of compression. If this compressed air were run through metal pipes cooled with water, and if this air cooled to the water temperature was expanded down to atmospheric pressure again, very low temperatures could be attained, even low enough to freeze water in pans in a refrigeration box.

Today, ice makers do much of the same thing and use chemical refrigerants (Freon) as the gas that cycles through the four-part system, which is comprised of the evaporator, condenser, compressor and expansion or throttle valve.

Basically, the entire process relies on the natural properties of the refrigerant in order to extract or release heat as it changes between liquid and vapor states, which depend on the pressure that is exerted by the system.

Thanks to Dr. John Gorrie and his ice-making invention, we can now enjoy a refreshingly cold iced drink in those warm summer months!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chilly-reception-66099329/?no-ist

http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~ihas/gorrie/fridge.htm

http://www.newair.com/blog/in-celebration-of-the-ice-maker-john-gorries-1850-ice-machine/

Images:

http://www.phys.ufl.edu/~ihas/gorrie/fridge.htm

http://www.floridastateparks.org/johngorriemuseum/photogallery.cfm?pagenum=1&viewphoto=1605

This Invention Idea Inflates Parents’ Imaginations

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

With summer right around the corner, travelling with your family is inevitable. For those families with small children, travelling can be quite the production.

Volvo realized this problem and wanted to invent a solution for those families that travel with copious amounts of luggage. Among all the bags and suitcases, there is one piece of “luggage” that really is the bane of most parents’ existence and that is a child’s car seat.

Whether you are carrying it from car to car or onto an airplane, we are sure that parents can agree that car seats are not easy to travel with. Fortunately, for those frustrated parents far and wide with tired arms, Volvo’s latest invention, the inflatable child’s car seat that folds into a bag, is on the horizon.

The proposed invention would weigh just 11 pounds, nearly half the weight of a traditional car seat. Additionally, the car seat would inflate and deflate at the push of a button, or remotely by way of a Bluetooth connection. This entire inflation/deflation process would clock in at a speedy 40 seconds.

Safety is always a top priority, and to cater to the safety aspect, Volvo would be using a “drop-stitch fabric,” which is a material that is capable of withstanding very high internal pressure. As a side note, this material was originally developed by the military for inflatable airplanes. The car seat also would be a rear facing seat, which makes it safer for young children’s necks, if an accident were to occur.

Although this is merely just an idea, travelling parents everywhere can only hope that this invention idea will be turned into an actual product sooner rather than later!

Take a look at this video to get a better idea about how this invention would actually work!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/volvo-creates-an-inflatable-child-s-car-seat-that-folds-into-a-bag-184323841.html

Media:

http://www.businessinsider.com/volvo-inflatable-car-seat-safe-2014-4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBu12_xNb2E

This Invention is Adding the “O” to H2O

Innovation, Innovative Inventions

The earth is comprised of 70 percent water; yet, people everywhere all over the world struggle to find clean water.

The World Health Organization has reported that 780 million people do not have access to clean water and 3.4 million people die each year due to water-borne illnesses.

As you can see, finding a clean water source is a large problem for many people. But, an Israeli company believes that they might have found a solution to the problem by producing drinking water from the air that we breathe.

Water-Gen has invented an Atmospheric Water-Generation Unit by using its “GENius” heat exchanger to chill the air and condense it into water vapor.

The process begins when the clean air enters the GENius heat exchanger system, where it is first dehumidified. The water is then removed from the air and is stored in a collection tank inside the unit. Once the air is in the tank, the water is then passed through an extensive water filtration system, which cleans it from possible chemical and microbiological contaminations. Finally, the clean, purified water is then stored in an internal water tank that keeps it continuously preserved, in order to keep it at high quality over time.

The generator-powered invention can produce up to 450 gallons of clean water a day for as little as eight cents a gallon, which is perfect for those areas in the world that feel the immense burden of economic distress.

Additionally, Water-Gen has already sold units to militaries in several countries. Due to the fact that troops can’t always transport their own water, they can now transport a water maker, thanks to this invention.

Often times, soldiers get their water from the tap or from water tankers. However, soldiers can get disconnected from their organic units. Even though there are water sources in the field, the soldiers don’t know the quality and don’t want to expose themselves to contaminated water.

While capturing atmospheric humidity itself isn’t an earth-shattering invention, Water-Gen has said that its water generation is more energy efficient than other generators out there, because it uses the cooled air that was created by the unit to chill incoming air.

Despite the fact that the Water-Gen’s developments aren’t a solution for the water crisis just yet, the innovation can help not only soldiers but also countries that lack clean water, such as Haiti. This innovative invention goes beyond just being used to filter water, it also can save lives.

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://us.cnn.com/2014/04/24/tech/innovation/machine-makes-drinking-water-from-air/index.html

http://time.com/75612/atmospheric-water-generator-watergen/

http://www.fastcompany.com/most-innovative-companies/2014/water-gen

Media:

http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/dam/assets/140423151101-water-gen-atmospheric-generator-horizontal-gallery.jpg

Dispensing Some Facts about the Invention of the ATM

Inventions

Today, you might have already paid a visit to an automatic teller machine. If you aren’t entirely sure what we are talking about, an automatic teller machine is otherwise known as an ATM.

The invention of the ATM has allowed people across the world to access their money wherever and whenever they need it.
So, we are going to dispense some knowledge about the invention of the ATM. There are differing stories and timelines of when the idea for the invention of the ATM came to be.

Today, we are going to take a look at three of the most common invention stories. First, we are going to start with a not-so-successful attempt, Luther Simjian’s 1939 patenting of an early prototype of the invention. Then, we are going to explore the person who countless experts believe held the earliest patent for a modern ATM, James Goodfellow. Finally, we will take a look at John Shepherd-Barron, who also had an invention idea for a 24/7 cash dispenser.

Now, it’s time to withdraw some more details about each of the three most notable inventors of the ATM.

Let’s start with Luther Simjian. His invention idea was creating a “hole-in-the-wall machine” that would allow customers to make financial transactions. In 1939, he applied for 20 patents that were related to his invention. He also field tested his ATM machine in what is now known as Citicorp. However, six months later, the bank noted that there was little demand for the new invention idea and refrained from using it.

Next, James Goodfellow was given a project while he was a development engineer with Smiths Industries Ltd. in 1965. The project that he was given was to invent and develop an automatic cash dispenser. In conjunction with another company that would provide the secure physical housing, the team also was to develop a mechanical dispenser apparatus. The newly-designed system that he developed consisted of an encrypted card that the machine would read. To support this mechanism, he added a numerical keypad. This invention was given a UK Patent. Additionally, this invention also was covered by a US Patent and a few other patents that were granted by many other countries.

To this day, 40 years later, Goodfellow’s US patent still describes the basic ATM function.

According to BBC News, John Shepherd-Barron is widely credited with the actual invention of the ATM. In this case, the world’s first ATM was installed right outside of North London in a branch of Barclays Bank in 1967.

At first, his invention was known as De La Rue Automatic Cash System (DACS) which was named after the company who produced the first ATMs.

Despite the fact that many names have been credited with the invention of the ATM, whether it was Simjian, Goodfellow or Shepherd-Barron, there is one commonality and that is that all of their ideas were molded into the ATMs that we use in this day and age!

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://inventors.about.com/od/astartinventions/a/atm.htm

http://www.atminventor.com/

http://inventors.about.com/od/astartinventions/a/atm_2.htm

Images:

http://img.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2009/top10_money/atm.jpg

http://blog.parkcommunity.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/atm1.jpg

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