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NBC News in Florida Shares Davison Client’s Invention Story

Davison News, Inventions, Prototyping

Too often today, we hear stories of children who are left alone in hot cars. Often times, those stories have tragic endings.

So, when Felicia Marshal came to Davison with a Better Way to alert parents, who may have forgotten a child in the car, we got to work.

We designed the Sound of Life alarm system, a two-piece system that sets off the car alarm when the engine is off, the doors are locked and a child is still sitting inside.

“It is triggered by any motion, any weight, any body heat… It would automatically sound your car alarm to let you know the child has been left inside,” said Marshal, when she recently took her Sound of Life idea to a Florida news station.

The NBC affiliate, First Coast News in Green Cove Springs, Florida, told Marshal’s entire story during one of their newscasts.

“One day returning from the store, Marshall said she was in such a rush to get the [groceries] out of the vehicle [that] she thought her mom had taken the child out of the car seat, but she did not and it went unnoticed for a few minutes.

“‘I had heard a lot of stories prior to that and it really didn’t bother me because I am one of those parents who says I’m always on top of everything,’ she said. ‘But once it happened to me I was thinking someone needs to do something about it.’”

Of course, that’s when Marshal took matters into her own hands and sought out our help. She also told First Coast News about that.

Pay close attention to Marshal’s story, particularly at the end, when they refer to the “Pittsburgh company” that designed the idea. Spoiler alert: it’s us!

Congratulations to Marshal, another Davison client who dared to invent and is following her invention dreams!

Read Marshal’s entire story here.

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.firstcoastnews.com/story/news/local/2014/07/29/mom-designs-alarm-child-hot-car-sound-of-life/13336301/

 

Hot Idea for a Cool Invention

Innovation, Innovative Inventions, Inventions

Smart thermostats are already on the market. However, Honeywell just introduced their own version, the Lyric thermostat. So, what’s the big deal you may ask? For starters, this new invention utilizes geofencing technology within the device itself. But, the game changer, which sets this smart thermostat apart from the abundance of others already on the market, is the fact that it can change the temperature based on how close you are to your home — from 500 feet to up to seven miles away!

Let’s say that you are driving home from work and you enter the seven-mile radius from your house; the Lyric thermostat will start to cool off or heat up your house based solely on the weather outside.

This is the first product of its kind that relies on proximity rather than predictability. The Lyric thermostat will work with both iOS and Android devices so that a user can utilize their smartphone or tablet in order to adjust temperatures remotely.

The built-in proximity sensor signals the display, which turns on and shows current temperatures and statuses that include heating up and cooling down. The edge of the device lights up when certain temperature adjustments occur. For instance, the device turns orange when heating, blue when cooling and green when away/saving energy.

Though all of these features of this invention sound or, in this case, “feel” very innovative, it doesn’t stop there. One of the most unique features of the thermostat is that it works with AccuWeather to take into consideration the humidity outside and other weather elements.

For example, let’s say that it’s a rainy day and it’s 72 degrees and humid. That day definitely feels different than a sunny, 72 degree day. So, the Lyric thermostat adjusts the temperature accordingly.

This invention also is environmentally-friendly and cost effective, because it senses when the house is empty and switches to energy-saving mode. Furthermore, this smart thermostat offers a safety feature as well through a text notification that is sent when someone in your family hits the threshold or arrives home. This is a great feature to use to tell when your kids get home safely!

All in all, this hot idea is translating into a cool invention and the Honeywell Lyric Thermostat will hit stores in August!

Here is a quick clip to see this innovative invention in action:

 

Copyright Davison 2014

Sources:

http://www.engadget.com/2014/06/10/honeywell-lyric-thermostat/

http://mashable.com/2014/06/10/honeywell-lyric-thermostat-smart/

Media:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2459192,00.asp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spu8KZvWxGw

Best of Consumer’s Electronic Show 2013

Innovation, Inventions

LEGO Mindstorm EV3

Every year the Consumer’s Electronic Show (CES), the massive trade show produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), is held in Las Vegas to highlight the latest and greatest in consumer electronics. Since the CEA is the pre-eminent trade association promoting growth in the $195 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, you would expect a monster blowout of a trade show.  And that’s just what this show delivered.

The show featured more than 3,250 exhibitors across 1.9 million net square feet of exhibit space, breaking both the space and exhibitor records set in 2012.  This year’s show unveiled about 20,000 new products, and there were several new products that simply blew the doors off of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Here is a sampling of a few of the electronic innovations that we felt were truly cutting edge.

  • Samsung 3D DIGITAL CAMERASamsung 45mm 2D/3D Camera Lens – Samsung unveiled the new NX 45mm F1.8 2D/3D lens, the first one-lens 3D system capable of capturing both still images and full HD movies in perfect 3D quality.  Normally, if you want to shoot 3D images, you need two cameras, or at least two lenses. But the innovators at Samsung crafted a lens with two LCD shutters inside the lens that alternate exposures within microseconds to give 3-D depth to the image.  Of course, the feature can be turned off if you simply want a 2D image, but where’s the fun in that?
  • NVIDIA Project Shield Portable Gaming Device — If you’re a gamer, you’re gonna love Project Shield.  It’s the first portable gaming device that really plays like a bigger home device.  It has a full-size game controller, a 5-inch touchscreen, a NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, breakthrough Wi-Fi technology, and stunning HD video and audio.  But not only is it a gaming device designed to add tactile controls to Android games, it also links up with email and web browsing to bring you a very cool, hand-held that can do it all.
  • Sony’s Xperia Z Smartphone – It wouldn’t be a proper CES report without at least one smartphone shout-out.  The Sony Xperia Z is that phone.  Sleek, full HD display, super thin, water/dust resistant, powerful – what’s not to like. Wait; did you say water resistant?  Yes, so if you’re one of those people who must talk or text while showering, this is definitely the phone for you.
  • LEGO Mindstorm EV3 – Probably the coolest thing to come out of CES 2013 was the EV3.  Yes, LEGO has had Mindstorm robotics since 1998, but the new EV3 is clearly a leap ahead (picture above).  The beauty of this set is that it can be as simple or as sophisticated as needed.  With the blend of basic computer science and simple building techniques, the EV3 gives kids a chance to make their own robots very easily. For the more experienced, EV3 begs to be tinkered with, and a Bluetooth link to the computing ‘brick’ allows the EV3 to be controlled via a remote control Android app. The kit has instructions for a few different robots, but it’s LEGO, so anyone can create their own.

So the 2013 CES lived up to its predecessors.  And while there were many other cool things – ultra HD and OLED televisions, new headphones, iPad accessories, wireless speakers and IP cameras – we just didn’t have the space to talk about everything. But all this cool new stuff and the record breaking size of this year’s show is enough to make us eagerly anticipate CES 2014 even more.  Besides, it’s Vegas, baby.

We’ll have a full CES wrap-up from the Davison Licensing Department next week.  Stay Tuned….

SOURCES

http://www.cesweb.org/About-CES.aspx

http://www.popsci.com/gadgets/article/2013-01/best-ces-2013-popular-sciences-products-future

http://www.mynewsdesk.com/us/pressroom/tobii_technology/pressrelease/view/tobii-rex-world-s-first-consumer-peripheral-for-gaze-interaction-to-be-unveiled-at-ces-825213?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=Subscription&utm_content=pressrelease

http://www.tobii.com/en/gaze-interaction/global/

http://shield.nvidia.com/

http://mashable.com/2013/01/10/mashable-ces-picks-2013/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Mashable+(Mashable)

http://www.phonearena.com/news/Will-the-Sony-Xperia-Z-cope-with-the-fierce-competition-of-2013-Heres-what-you-think-about-this_id38612?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+phonearena%2FySoL+(Phone+Arena+-+Latest+News)

http://www.wired.com/geekmom/2013/01/new-lego-ev3-minstorms-hands-on/

Does Davison’s Invention Service Cost Money?

George Davison, Inventing Advice

george davison founder ceo davisonIt’s a question that we’re frequently asked, “Is there a fee for your invention service?“ Simply, yes, we do charge fees for the services we provide.  However, it’s important to point out that you can securely submit your idea to Davison for a no-cost consultation (read free).

Once we discuss your idea and determine whether it fits within our scope of work, we can offer you our services – the same services that we provide to individual inventors and corporations that we develop products for.

In fact, we’ve been providing those same services since our CEO, George Davison, founded our company in 1986, when he set out to help everyday individuals professionally develop their ideas for an economical cost… essentially, our better way to invent.

You see, Mr. D poured his life savings into chasing down his product idea for a new tooth brush sanitizer, only to be beat to market by a large corporation with bigger pockets and better resources.

That’s right, Mr. D spent $30,000 trying to bring his invention to life… and, he’s not alone either.  There are countless inventors who choose to go the road alone, spending all of their precious time and money to pursue their ideas.

Unlike many inventors, Mr. D’s experience did not defeat him; instead, it inspired him to found Davison and find a better way to invent, which is the benchmark of what our business is today.  At Davison, we have the resources to confidentially discuss, design, engineer, build, package and present ideas – and it doesn’t cost an entire life’s savings.

Davison A Better Way to InventSo, of course, there are costs involved with making your idea a reality.  But, what can you expect?

Again, there is absolutely no cost for submitting your idea and you will receive a confidential consultation just for trusting us with it.  Once we’ve talked it over and you’ve decided to commit to Davison’s Better Way to Invent, there are fees for the research, product development and package design we may do for your idea.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a large corporation or an everyday person with an idea.

Simply, it costs money to present your idea in the best way possible.  And, that’s something we’re pretty proud of.  Davison has won numerous international design awards.  More importantly, we’ve put dozens of  products in over 1,000 retailers and online stores.  By comparison, our services are among the best of any design and prototyping company out there.

Get familiar with Davison’s Better Way to Invent by exploring www.davison.com.  Our product pages show inventions that we’ve helped bring to life for everyday people and corporations, alike.

Finally, submit your idea and we’ll get started on your no-cost consultation as soon as possible.

For more information on costs, please visit our website.

Doggy Doctor, Give Us the News…

Davison News, Product News

pet inventions

The prognosis is looking good for Hugs Pet Products as the innovative pet product company prepares to introduce another awesome Davison-designed product!

The newest item in their Hugs Care line, The Doggy Doctor Pet First Aid Kit is a compact, carrying case filled with all the essentials to keep your pet healthy and happy – in any emergency, accident or in everyday life!

Take a look at all the items the must-have survival kit includes:

new pet products1 Collapsible Water/Food Bowl
3 Potty Paws
1 Bottle
1 Instant Cold Compress
2×2 Sterile Gauze Dressing Pads
4×4 Sterile Gauze Dressing Pads
4 Sting-Relief Prep Pads
4 Antiseptic Providone-Iodine Prep Pads
pet products4 Hand Sanitizer/Antiseptic Cleaning Wipes
4 Alcohol Cleansing Pads
1 Self-Adhesive Wrap
1 Emergency Survival Blanket
1 Gauze Roll
1 Pair Latex-Free Gloves
8 Cotton Swabs
1 Syringe
1 Roll Medical Tape
1 Leash
1 Tweezers/Magnifying Glass
1 Scissors

All of those items look like the recipe for success!  And, we’re eagerly awaiting the latest word from the road…  Our Licensing team has been hard at work presenting the Doggy Doctor to retailers like Petco, Bed Bath & Beyond and at industry trade shows.

You’ll be the first to know when we find out where you might be able to pick up this “home-veterinarian’s” best friend!

This corporate product was invented and licensed by Davison for its own benefit.

A “Mac”nificent Birthday for an Inventor & Apple Founder

Inventor Stories

computer invention

This week marks the birth of an undeniably influential inventor, without whom the words iPod, iPhone and iPad may never exist!  Steve Wozniak’s work has helped make the computer industry all that it is today.

Born and raised in California, Wozniak began his college career at the University of California, Berkeley.  Prior to finishing his degree, he secured a job at Hewlitt-Packard and left the university.  At the same time, Wozniak was involved in a local, experimental-computing organization with fellow entrepreneur, Steve Jobs.  With a little convincing, Wozniak joined Jobs in beginning a business to build personal computing systems.

Together, the pair raised $1300 to launch their venture, selling off personal items like a car and a calculator, and set up shop in Jobs’ family garage in 1976.  The dynamic duo sold their first 50 personal computers, or Apple Is, for $666 each, to a California computing company.  But, as we all know, they didn’t stop there.

iphone inventionThe Apple II quickly followed as the first mass-marketed personal computer, revolutionizing the launch of the personal computer industry.  While Apple’s success has continued to soar, at the time, Wozniak moved on to other projects.  Today, he remains an official Apple employee and still collects a pay check!

From Apple, he went back to Berkeley, finished a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and became involved in education.  Wozniak began teaching and sponsoring programs for youth worldwide.

Ever the entrepreneur, he also went on to begin several other technology-forward companies, including CL 9, Wheels of Zeus, or “WoZ” and Acquicor Technology, among which developed remote control switches and wireless GPS technology.

steve wozniakWozniak has been recognized extensively for all of his work in the computing industry.  In 1985, he received the President’s National Medal of Technology.  In 2000, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame and received the Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment for “single-handedly designing the first personal computer and for then redirecting his lifelong passion for mathematics and electronics toward lighting the fires of excitement for education in grade school students and their teachers.” (http://www.woz.org/)  Just a few examples of his commitment to tomorrow’s leaders, he has provided hundreds of laptops, America Online accounts and Internet access to students and teachers throughout his career.

Continuing to add to his seemingly never-ending list of accomplishments, Wozniak is a New York Times best-selling author who has also made several television appearances, including “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List” and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars.”

While the accolades and recognition that came along with Wozniak’s work come as no surprise, this innovator’s favorite computer game?  No, it’s not the graphically-enhanced Call of Duty, Guitar Hero or Halo, but a more traditional, old-favorite… Tetris.

Perhaps, for this computer genius, they just don’t make ‘em like they used to.

Nonetheless, from all of us clutching our favorite “iDevices,” Happy Birthday, Mr. Wozniak and THANK YOU!

*Information for this article and more information on Steve Wozniak provided by http://www.woz.org/ and http://web.mit.edu/invent/iow/apple.html.

Bread-It in Homeworld Magazine and Headed for QVC!

Davison News, Featured Invention, Product News, Upcoming Inventions

Davison inventions

The Bread-It meal-prep product that we created for Xtraordinary Home Products is featured in the latest edition of HomeWorld Business magazine! The innovative item, which keeps breading ingredients neat and organized, is also headed to the marketplace — It will be for sale in the Solutions catalog and on QVC in February!

“It’s great to see; it’s good exposure, and hopefully that generates more interest in the product,” said Davison’s VP of Licensing. He also reported that Bed, Bath & Beyond is very interested in the Bread-It, so we may have even more good news to share in the future.

The VP spoke with Marie Louise Ludwig, the QVC host who will be presenting the product. “She really likes it; she thinks it’s neat. Now it’s just a matter of whether consumers think so,” he said. “The design team did another good job with this product. I’m sure we’ll get good results.”

The president of XHP was surprised with how quickly the product appeared in the magazine. “Funny how this got press so fast,” he wrote in an email about the article.

Apparently, the editors know great innovation when they see it! Congratulations to all those on Davison’s corporate design team who worked on this awesome new product — Great work everyone!

Another Davison Invention Launched on QVC!

Davison News, Product News, Upcoming Inventions

The Surprise Filled Dessert Pan made its marketplace debut this Sunday during “Cooking on Q Day,” QVC’s big event for hot new kitchen products! The product was featured in the popular “Cooking with David” segment from 12 -4 p.m. EST. Like many other new kitchen products created by Davison, the innovative bakeware got a lot of attention. The product sold more than 3,000 units in the first few minutes!

Check out the segment on QVC’s website

The new pan has posts in the bottom of each tin, so treats can be baked inside cupcakes and muffins, adding a burst of flavor. The idea originated during a brainstorming session with the corporation, which is now producing an entire line of pans based on the treat-filled concept. Among the possible spin-offs in the works are a jumbo cupcake pan and mini muffin pan. The product also will be shown at the 2011 International Housewares Show in March.

davison dessert pan“It’s remarkable — here is another idea that will cause a lot of excitement in the cooking industry,” said George Davison, founder and CEO.

“Just when you thought a baking pan could never be innovated, our team reshapes an industry with innovation once again. I’m very proud of our entire team for bringing excitement to bakers everywhere.”

dessert pan on qvcSurprisingly, the inspiration that led to the idea for the pan originated with the old flexible Gumby toys, which were manufactured by pouring the rubber around a post. “This is another example of twisting an old manufacturing technique into a totally different industry to breathe new innovation into it,” said the VP of Design. The design engineer tested the sample and made cup cakes with various fillings. As shown in the photos, he got delicious results.

davison kitchen inventionMr. Davison knew who the first customer would be — “I think my mom and her ‘grandma girlfriends’ were the first ones buying pans to make surprise filled cupcakes for their grandchildren! Moms and grandmas everywhere will be able to delight their loved ones with cupcakes with candy surprises inside.”

Travel Folding Stitcher’s Tools Featured in “Sew Beautiful!”

Featured Invention, Product News

davison sewing invention

The innovative Travel Folding Stitcher’s Tools that we created for Prym is featured on the “Sewing Goods & Gadgets” page of Sew Beautiful, the leading American magazine devoted to heirloom sewing, smocking and the fine needle arts.

Titled “Stitch and Go,” the write-up states the tool is great for travel and is “a clever little invention” that “puts tools right at your fingertips.” The article also explains the product is a result of our collaboration with Prym and gives some details about Davison, as well as information for interested consumers.

Congratulations to all who worked on this fantastic new product!

Better Bobbin Winder and Petite Press in Kmart!

Davison News, Featured Invention, Product News, Upcoming Inventions

The Better Bobbin Winder  and the Petite Press that we developed for Prym’s Dritz line are now selling in Kmart! The products have really taken off since they were launched in JoAnn stores. We designed the Bobbin Winder for a client who wanted a quick and convenient way to fill bobbins directly from the sewing machine. (The client is receiving royalties but has not yet realized a net profit.) We designed packaging for the Petite Press to clearly communicate its great features. No doubt, the addition of this major retailer will result in more royalties for all! 

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