The Innovative Kitchen of the Future

With all of us eagerly awaiting news of the latest entertainment and communications gadgets that we love—smart phones, tablets, video game consoles, laptops, and TVs—it’s easy to forget that the latest technology has also been incorporated into exciting new gadgets for the kitchen.  We seldom hear about the latest refrigerator or the coolest new dishwasher.
Well, move over iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy SII, because here comes the latest and greatest innovations to hit the kitchen since the toaster was invented.  Let’s take a look at some really cool ideas that may be coming soon to a kitchen near you.

  • The SmartPot – Have you ever left a pot cooking on the stove and forgot it was there? Ted Selker, an MIT professor has, so he invented the SmartPot.  He installed a radio-frequency control microchip and a thermometer in a saucepan to allow it to communicate with a similar microchip inserted in the stove’s computer.  He says that the Smart Pot detects the heat from the stove and can actually control its own temperature by sending radio signals to the stove
  • Talking Refrigerators – Samsung already has a refrigerator that features a touch screen and access to apps such as weather and Facebook (seen here), and you can also leave voice messages for your family. But they are planning a refrigerator that can keep track of what is inside and create a shopping list for you based on what foods are getting low, so now instead of having everyone in the family give you orders to buy milk, eggs, bread and oreo cookie ice cream; you can take all your orders from one source—your talking refrigerator
  • The SmartSink – Not to be outdone by a mere pot, the Smart Sink uses cameras to sense whether someone is placing hands, food or plates under the faucet, and adjusts its temperature automatically to suit hot-water dishwashing or cold-water vegetable-scrubbing.  So, now you won’t burn your hands when you forget to let the water run a bit
  • Cooktops Powered by Magnetic Induction – A company called Gaggenau has created a cooktop that uses a precise transfer of heat via a magnetic field, ensuring optimum use of energy and faster cooking times. The stove detects the diameter of a pot’s base and only that precise area is heated, therefore heat is produced only where it is needed and the surface not in contact with the cookware stays cool to the touch
  • Reading Microwave Ovens – If you eat a lot of frozen food, then you know how great it would be to have a microwave oven that can scan the bar code of your food and set the time and temperature exactly for that type of food. Other microwaves on the drawing board include one with an Android interface that would allow you to control the microwave with simple one-touch setting for all your favorite foods
  • Wireless Appliances – Wouldn’t it be great if the small appliances on your countertop were wireless?  Your blender, toaster, coffee pot, and food processor would all have transmitters  built-in and be powered from electrical wires snaked under the countertop.  Say goodbye to those unsightly plugs and cords on the counter.

Now, if we could just do the same for our laptops and printers…Now that we have an idea of what exciting technology is coming to our kitchens in the near future, maybe we will start eagerly awaiting the latest product launches from Gaggenau and Samsung. After all, there’s one thing we love more than our smart phones and video games, and that’s delicious food.

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Catch Brownie Bowl Fever by Winning Your Own Set!

Brownie BowlNot long ago, we introduced readers to dessert diva Christine Walker and her innovative brownie bakeware. Now, the Brownie Bowl is getting serious attention far beyond our write-ups! Christine’s bowl is getting very high praise from users on Pinterest, DIY baking website Bakerella and many other baking-savvy social sites.

To celebrate, Davison is sponsoring a Brownie Bowl giveaway that gives you the chance to be master of your dessert domain by winning a set of two Brownie Bowls from Chicago Metallic!

Not long ago, Chicago Metallic sponsored a Brownie Bowl giveaway on the Love From The Oven blog, offering the bowls as a prize for the reader with the best dessert idea. Judging by audience response, the contest and the bowls were a huge success.

Love From The Oven blogger Christi reviewed the Brownie Bowls and wrote:

“A few weeks ago, I was catching up on my favorite blogs and reading about Bakerella’s trip to the Home and Housewares Show when I spotted a new product from Chicago Metallic – an amazing mold to make Brownie Bowls. Shut the front door.  BROWNIE BOWLS. I couldn’t hurry myself over to the Chicago Metallic website fast enough.  And there they were.  An amazing set of Brownie Bowls for $10.99.  Shopping cart, checkout, start stalking UPS trucks…  And they arrived.  The UPS left them by the door and ran back to his truck (I think he’s afraid of me – sometimes I get really excited when I know that he’s bringing me stuff like, well, Brownie Bowls).

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Readers and contest entrants could hardly contain themselves, commenting:

“I would make chocolate brownie bowls, filled with a chunky peanut butter frosting, topped with a chocolate drizzle. Sounds like heaven!”

“I would use a chocolate mousse filling with the brownie bowls. You are right, there are so many possibilities for the bowls.”

“How perfect! I would make SO many ice cream sundaes with these Brownie Bowls!”

“Little Rice Krispie treat cups with peanut butter mousse and chocolate. I need one of these pans!”

Bakerella readers also exclaimed:

“Looks like a fantastic time… what a fun adventure to be able to see all the new products coming out! I’m thinking that Brownie Bowl is on my wish list …”

Kitchen Inventions“Brownie Bowls?!? Holy wow!!”

“Oh Em Gee! I NEED a Brownie Bowl mold! How have I lived this long without one?!?!”

QVC customers raved:

“These Brownie Bowls are so cute and do just as they are supposed too. 5 Stars to them. The things you can do with them are endless. I encourage all to try these.”

“Fun and satisfies that different something we all search for.”

“ … it was a bit much on the chocolate (can’t believe I said that!!) but definitely delicious!! Can’t wait to try out other recipes. I think I might have to buy another set. 4 doesn’t cut it in my house!!”

If these reader comments have whetted your appetite, ‘Like’ our Facebook page through Rafflecopter for a chance to win your own Brownie Bowls, so you can create decadent desserts, savory snacks and captivating confections.

To Enter: Contest opens June 4, 2012 at noon EST and ends June 11, 2012 at noon EST. No purchase necessary to enter or win the sweepstakes. A purchase will not improve your chance of winning. Register to win by liking the Facebook page through Rafflecopter.

Prizes: Sponsor will give away one(1) package of two(2) Brownie Bowls, valued at $20. No more than one prize will be awarded.

Winner Selection: Potential winner will be selected in a random drawing from among all eligible entries received by June 11, 2012, noon EST. Odds of winning are dependent upon the number of eligible entries received.

The employees of Davison and members of their respective immediate families are not eligible to enter this giveaway.

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Davison’s research, development and presentation services are provided for an upfront fee paid by the client and a contingent fee, or a percentage of royalties obtained by the client, if any. New product development is an uncertain endeavor and the use of Davison’s services typically does not result in a license agreement, sales on any market or profit to the inventor. Davison does not perform analysis of the feasibility, marketability, patentability or profitability of ideas submitted to it.

The client has not made a net profit on this product. A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit.

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Mother’s Day… The Meatball Baker Way!

Davison Baking InventionsWith Mother’s Day approaching this weekend, many of us may still be trying to find the perfect way to show mom all of the appreciation she deserves.

Well, blogger Toni Spilsbury is offering a Davison-designed solution for moms who love to cook on her blog, “The Busy Mom’s Guide to Making Dinner.  Saving Time.  Saving Money.”

The “Mothers Who Love to Cook Gift Guide” post features our client (mother and grandmother!) Jean’s idea, the Meatball Baker!

Spilsbury calls her gift list, which features several innovative cooking items, the “best of the web for that special mom” and says that she “personally hand-picked each of [the] fabulous items as something [she] would love to receive.”

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Specifically, Spilsbury says the Meatball Baker is a “brilliant baking pan [that] produces beautiful meatballs.”

She even mentions Jean’s innovative thinking when she says, “This product was invented by a mom who got tired of having her meatballs fall apart.”

Also making Spilsbury’s list were other big-name kitchen brands like Le Crueset, Pyrex and Cuisinart.

Davison InventorJean’s Meatball Baker was licensed by Chicago Metallic and currently sells there for $21.99.

So, if you’re still trying to decide how to pamper your mom this Mother’s Day, consider doing it the Davison-designed way!  

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

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New “Dare to Invent” Webisode Series Goes Live!

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Just as we were preparing to release tonight’s “Dare to Invent” webisode, we opened up the pages of a local publication and read all about it! 

Nestled in the pages of “The Horse Trader,” you can find Mr. Davison, our client, Joseph, (inventor of the Silicone Dessert Bar Pan), plus a brief article about our innovative method and some of our featured inventors!

The same article also appears online at the “San Diego NewsCape” and “Ingenious Ideas,” and even includes some “Dare to…” tips for prospective inventors:

Dare to Take Action:  Do your research to see if there is already something similar on the market.

Dare to Share:  Share your idea with others. A nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement will protect you from having your idea stolen.

Dare to Evaluate:  Evaluate your idea honestly and think about how to market the product.

Dare to Ideate:  Shape your creation with sketches, illustrations and photos.

Dare to Leave a Paper Trail:  Use a notebook to write down all your ideas.”

Finally, the article encourages all readers to Dare to… Watch our innovative webisode series!  This week’s episode, the third in our series, features Joseph Springer and his Silicone Dessert Bar Pan.  It’s live NOW on YouTube or through a link at!

Watch “Dare to Invent” now!

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Do You Dare… to Invent?!

Tell one, tell all… today marks the start of something very new and very exciting here at Davison!  Tonight, we begin our Dare to Invent webisode series!!

The innovative, new 12 episode series will showcase Davison clients and their inventions… from product inception to licensing and beyond!

Davison InventorThe very first Dare to Invent episode features Colorado inventor, Joy, and her Party on the Go!  Mr. Davison and several other members of our creative team are also featured in the interactive video clip, which tells the story of how the Party on the Go came to be.

According to Mr. Davison, the first episode is especially moving, because it allows viewers to watch Joy, a hopeful inventor, recognize her dream.

Davison Inventions“Everyone got to see the end of the dream, the fulfillment of the dream – receiving her first big check,” said Mr. Davison.

The episode is live right now and you can tune in to watch on YouTube or through a link on!

After the Dare to Invent series debut, a new episode is to be released every other week!

For a behind-the-scenes sneak peak, we’ve showcased some photos from the video shoot; but, be sure to tune in to watch the entire Dare to Invent episode now!

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Have a “D-liciously Filled” Heart (and Pumpkin)!

With the latest Davison-designed bakeware, your cup can runneth over, literally!

Check out these awesome, new Silicone Cookie Bowls being designed for Xtraordinary Home Products: 

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Currently being produced in festive pumpkin and heart shapes, the cookie bowls can be filled with fruit, pudding, ice cream… just about anything delicious!

According to our Vice President of Licensing, the bowls are just the latest Davison client product that is turning into an entire line!

“The cookie bowls started with the original round version and [are] now taking a similar path as the Silicone Dessert Bar Pan, by branching off into holiday themes.  Look for the product to air on QVC in the first quarter of 2012,” said our Vice President of Licensing.

We can’t wait to see what delicious shapes we can fill up and devour next!  Congratulations to everyone who has worked on this D-licious designs!

The client has not made a net profit on this product. A typical project does not get a royalty agreement, sell in stores or generate a profit. 

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Bird is the New Word for Davison-Designed Bakeware!

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Just in time for the holiday season, bird is the word for the latest spin-off of a Davison-designed cooking item.  The Silicone Dessert Bar Pan is now talkin’ turkey!

davison productsAt an industry trade show in July, XHP President Scott Nicholson predicted the Silicone Dessert Bar Pan would have a “great line-up for the future.”  That prediction included a certain silicone bake pan shaped like a turkey and… that prediction is now coming true!

Originally, our client, Joseph, came to us with an idea for a brownie pan that would allow soft, chewy edges on every brownie.  Working with Joseph, our design team created the Silicone Dessert Bar Pan, which quickly became a runaway success, selling on QVC and in stores like Bed Bath & Beyond and Kitchen Collection.

According to our Vice President of Licensing, the Turkey Cakelette Pan with Stencil is the latest spin-off of the popular Davison-designed product.

“It’s another item [for] our client, Joseph, and continues his success story of how one product can change the game,” said the Vice President of Licensing.

baking productsFollowing the initial success of Joseph’s Silicone Dessert Bar Pan, holiday and Disney-themed pans quickly followed.

Perched with a bird’s-eye-view from store shelves this fall, the silicone Turkey Cakelette Pan with Stencil provides a fun, new way to personalize holiday treats for family and friends.

Currently, the Turkey Cakelette Pan with Stencil is available at, Sur La Table and at Chicago Metallic online.

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

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Swinging to Success in the Stores

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The entire line of Swingers by Swing Away, the super innovative collapsing kitchen utensils that we created for Xtraordinary Home Products, is now on the market! The 18 utensils are selling online as well as in brick-and-mortar stores; all of them are available at American Hospitality Supply (a sampling is shown above) and many are also being tested in Bed Bath & Beyond stores! In addition, select items are on the shelves of Keystone Housewares, a specialty store in Central PA.

davison productsThe line offers the convenience of full-size utensils but they take up much less storage space – and who couldn’t use more storage space in their kitchen!? Most of the utensils open and close via a hidden locking mechanism and can be used with handles folded or extended; when extended, they lock securely in place, and then unlock with the push of a button. The innovative products started with a single spatula design with XHP. Then Focus, XHP’s parent company, got involved and the product was expanded into an entire line. The collaboration involved all three companies, with the design and brainstorming led by Davison’s corporate design team.

All the products are highly innovative, but two of the “neatest ones of the whole group” are among the newest to hit the market – the can opener and cork screw, said Jason, the design manager. The Swingers Can Opener has an ergonomic grip and an offset crank, which adds “a lot more leverage” to the tool, so it’s much easier to use than standard can openers. The crank folds up compactly into the tool, so it also saves on space.

kitchen gadgetsMost corkscrews are bulky, a pain to store and take up a lot of space in the kitchen drawers, said the design manager. Not this one. The Swingers Corkscrew is sleek, with an ergonomic grip, a safely retracted screw, and handles that are flush with the body when not in use. The eye-catching tool, which resembles a human figure, can even be stored standing on a shelf, Jason said.

“It’s cool enough; it looks neat and has a nice design.” 

Consumers are sure to agree! Congratulations to the entire team on an innovative new line that likely will be another big hit for Davison and our corporate clients.

Check out all the other Swingers on our product pages!

• Ladle

• Pasta Spoon

• Pastry Brush

• Potato Masher

• Silicone Spatula

• Skimmer

• Slotted Spoon

• Slotted Turner

• Large Slotted Turner

• Spoon

• Spoonula

• Turner

• Whisk

• Measuring Cups

• Measuring Spoons

• Ice Cream Scoop

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Davison innovations featured in HomeWorld Business magazine!

Davison inventionsThe latest issue of HomeWorld Business magazine, the leading business-to-business publication for the housewares industry, features many of the hottest innovations unveiled at the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show — including several products designed by Davison!

In the Sunday Show Daily edition, a full-page article  on new bakeware options includes the Surprise Filled Dessert Pan, created by our corporate team, and two client products — the Silicone Dessert Bar Pan and the Perfect Portion Petite Dessert Pan. The latter is the newest in the Davison-designed silicone bakeware line and is great for creating perfectly sized treats. All three pans have been picked up by Chicago Metallic, as has the entire silicone line. CM is ”a great brand that’s been around for a long time and that has access to all major retailers and everyone in between,” said Davison’s VP of Licensing.
new houseware productsIn addition, the Fill-N-Grill stuffed burger maker that we created for Xtraordinary Home Products is featured in the new Gadgets & Kitchen Tools section of the HomeWorld Business issue covering the IHH show.

The handy Fill-N-Grill, which came out of a brainstorming session by our corporate team, makes creating custom burgers filled with mouthwatering ingredients quick, easy and mess free — no wonder the editors included it in the special issue!

Click on the images to view the great articles!

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Silicone Dessert Bar Pan has great debut on QVC!

Silicone Dessert Bar PanThe Silicone Dessert Bar Pan had its big QVC debut this week, and it appears to have done very well. Popular host Chris Freytag presented the product during the “Kitchen Unlimited with Carolyn” show. Chris loved the fact the pan remains cool to the touch and the treats pop right out. The fitness guru also added a ‘healthy eating angle’ to the product and even included a collection of her own recipes for healthy treats!

“That was pretty cool,” said Joseph, the inventor of the 2010 Davison Product of the Year. “I thought the presentation was very good, and that was very nice of Chris Freytag to include the recipes … She did a super job; I don’t think they could have done a better job with it.”

The presentation showed a pan of the treat that inspired his idea, chewy-edge brownies, as well as many other sweet and savory baked goods, including cornbread, quiche, gingerbread, carrot cake, macaroni and cheese loaves, and mini meatloaves.

Our client also liked the new product colors – blue and red. He even called to order a set of pans for his wife, Rhonda, a nurse, so she could give them as gifts to her aides at work. The QVC personnel he spoke with told him that the pan “did very well.” Hopefully we’ll learn just how well in the coming days, so stay tuned!

Click on the button above, then on the arrow to see the video presentation on; and spread the word about this awesome new product that would make a wonderful gift for the bakers on anyone’s Christmas list!

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