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Everyday Edisons: Know When To Fold ‘Em, Pan

Airs Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. on KPBSTV

Above: Inventor Phil Avery presents and impresses the "Everyday Edisons" judges with his baking pan prototype.

"Everyday Edisons" follows 10 inventors — selected from thousands of hopefuls — as their original ideas evolve from sketches on a napkin into retail products stocked on store shelves. The reality series affords viewers a firsthand look at the complex product-development process through the eyes of an expert team of industrial designers and engineers, advertising and branding pros, web designers and salespeople.

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Above: The "Everyday Edisons" panel of judges, including patent attorney Chad Tillman, producer Louis Foreman, and Denise Kovac of Your Baby Can, LLC.


Inspired to discover the "Everyday Edison" in you? Use these resources to find a local inventor group in your area and get involved!

"Everyday Edisons" travels the country for exclusive interviews with leaders from the United States Patent & Trademark Office; high-level executives from Amazon, Dyson and more; and even the inventor of Twister or editors from mainstream national media.

In this episode, inventor Phil Avery had a storage problem in his kitchen and seeing how Phil loves to bake, he came up with a unique idea – a variety of folding baking pans and a great case in which to store them.

This soft-spoken, die-hard Red Sox fan from Pennsylvania is really onto something… so much so that one of the nation’s leading bakeware companies is interested. So preheat the oven ‘cause in this episode, the foldable baking pan may become the hottest thing or just cool off in the highly competitive kitchen accessories industry.

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Trailer: Everyday Edisons, Season Three


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