David Kirkpatrick

February 2, 2009

VanDuzen’s latest — Vouch Software

Filed under: Business, Technology — Tags: , , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:37 pm

Got a call from Nancy Hairston, founder and president of VanDuzen, last week with some exciting news. The 3D visualization and modeling company is about to officially release Vouch Software.

Vouch is geared toward designers and manufacturers of toys and products for infants and allows for digitally testing designs. This tool will be a tremendous time and money saver by pushing basic safety testing back into the design phase using 3D virtual models instead of physical prototypes.

One designer who used Vouch in beta said she even ran tests while designing and made changes on the fly instead of creating a finished product for testing. Pretty cool.

From the link:

“These days you have to design safety in. If you wait until after the toy
is made, it’s way too late. You can’t do it after the fact.”

Peter Schaefer
Vice-President, Safety, Security and Social Accountability – McDonald’s
As quoted in Chicago Tribune.com, August 5, 2007

What our other customers are saying

“Vouch gives me results faster than I can fill out the paperwork
requesting the rapid prototype for testing.”

“I run tests in Vouch concurrently while I design in Rhino, it is so fast.”

“We design digitally…why not test digitally.”

October 16, 2008

Qubits sounds like a pretty cool toy

Filed under: Business, Media, Science — Tags: , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 12:23 pm

Yep, borrowing the name for quantum bits. Just from the description the toy sounds fun and educational. I might have to look into these things.

The release:

Architect Suffers Job Loss – Invents Successful Toy

BEND, Ore., Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Architect Mark Allan recently suffered the loss of his job due to the economic downturn in the housing construction market.  Sending out hundreds of resumes did not help his situation, so along with his job search he also spent the last of his savings to develop a construction toy for children.  His wife and kids encouraged him to use his advanced 3D computer training and architectural software to develop the prototype models and metal molds.  From that point forward, it was just a short step to full plastic production.  The economy might be bad, but toys are just as popular as ever.

Now he enjoys a brisk business, selling the toy online with big box stores.  This geometric Construction Toy of the Future — Qubits(R), is a dynamic new entry into the multi-million dollar construction-toy industry.  It is gaining popularity with school teachers, retailers and — of course — children all across the USA.  A simple plastic toy that can be built up using a unique patented modular geometry, it quickly captures the imagination of children who might have visions of becoming architects, engineers, scientists or even nanotech designers.

As a father and an architect, the inventor, Mr. Allan, realizes that math and science can be intimidating mentally, “But if you can put something in the hands of a child, they will be able to comprehend things better and have more fun,” he says.  “Toys influence children; hopefully Qubits(R) will inspire today’s children to expand their horizons to include engineering, chemistry or nanotechnology.”

Qubits(R), pronounced Q – bits, stands for quantum bits, Mr. Allan said, which are a unit of measurement in the realm of science that includes the development of semiconductors used to make the technology of cell phones or computers.  Just as coal can become diamonds when its atoms are rearranged, Mr. Allan says Qubits(R) help children understand the possibilities in rearranging nature’s building blocks.  “I always want to associate Qubits(R) with science,” Mark said.  “That’s what makes our toy different from everybody else’s.”

The Qubits(R) Construction Toy can also be purchased on the website, http://www.qubits.com/.

This release was issued through eReleases(TM).  For more information, visit http://www.ereleases.com/.

Source: Qubits Toy Company
Web site:  http://www.qubits.com/