Media Mentions / News

Best In Packaging - Remarkable Packaging innovations - The Aspin Dispensing Cap

"There is one new development especially designed for the pharmaceutical and medical market, i.e. the effective dosing of a medicine. For this “remarkable” we go to Texas/US to the Aspin Dispensing Cap. Aspirin is the most widely used analgesic preparation in the world. It is available without prescription and is marketed under a host of trade names. It also seems to have many other benefits to human health beyond its pain-relieving properties, namely as an anti-inflammatory agent. As with all dispenser caps, the additive is retained in an isolated condition within a sealed chamber inside the bottle cap, but in fluid communication with the liquid, such as water, within the bottle. The Aspin cap has a downward extending protrusion to breech the seal of the chamber, thereby releasing the additive retained within the bottle cap, which than mixes with the water. This is in line with almost all other known dispensing caps. However looking at the images, the special features and advantages of this cap will be readily apparent to those with a bit of knowledge of the existing caps in the market. The Aspin dispensing cap for bottles easily lends itself to child-proof arrangements." Read more: http://bestinpackaging.com/2013/01/14/24-remarkable-packaging-innovations-of-2012-part-02/

DiscoveryNews - Simple 'SQUID' Solution Could Contain Oil

"...Like this one from Steve Dvorak called the Super Quick Undersea Incident Device, or SQUID.

I called Dvorak to ask him about his idea, which is so simple and seemingly workable that surely anyone at BP who knows about it must be having a "DUH" moment." See full story

NBC (Houston's Ch.2) - Houston Inventor Has Idea For BP

HOUSTON -- A Houston-area inventor said he believes BP is not paying attention to the thousands of ideas being submitted by scientists, engineers and others to stop an oil spill, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday. See video and full story.

Drudge.com - Houston Inventor Dvorak has Oil Spill Solution: The SQUID

"Have you heard of the SQUID? Don't nuke it, Don't litter the oceans with oil-covered hay. Use a SQUID – Super-Quick Undersea Incident Device – contain the oil so it can be used and collected before it hurts the wildlife – we need to stop the oil from spreading – it should never be allowed to get to our coasts.
Real containment solutions – use the SQUID to channel the oil to the surface, then skimmers siphon off the oil from the top containment pool – the oil never spreads out, and it never comes close to our coasts! Environmentally friendly, no chemicals in the water, no wasting of millions of bales of hay meant for livestock, contains the oil from spreading and harming more wildlife, no nukes! Allows divers and machinery access to the ocean floor leak for repair/rebuild." See more at: http://www.drudge.com/news/134007/houston-inventor-dvorak-has-oil-spill 

Natural Hazards Center, Disaster Research, Colorado University -

No Helping Handouts: BP Slow to Accept Assistance with Oil Cleanup

"“I've gone down every path I could to get to BP,” Houston inventor Stephen Dvorak said in an interview with Culturemap Houston. “It's like Alice in Wonderland, there's 50 doors and they all lead back to the same Web site, same phone hotline.”

Dvorak invented a device he calls the SQUID (for Super Quick Underwater Incident Device) that would allow oil to rise through a flexible shroud to the surface where it could be collected. Although he’s reached out to various state and federal officials, including the Coast Guard, he can’t seem to get any love for his idea.

It’s not so strange, perhaps, that a little-known inventor with an unpatented technology can’t get the ear of a frenzied oil company scurrying to fix a very big mess. But the Dutch government, with tried and tested technology in hand, got much the same treatment." See more at: http://www.colorado.edu/hazards/dr/currentdr.html

Discovery News Follow-up - Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico 2010: Wide Angle

"BP has received more than 20,000 suggestions for dealing with the oil spill. Inventor Steve Dvorak offers one solution called the Super Quick Undersea Incident Device, or SQUID." See More at: http://news.discovery.com/earth/oil-spill-oil-rig-exoplosion-louisiana-gulf-coast.html

TheOilDrum.com - Simple SQUID Solution

"...Seems to me that this SQUID concept is a good solution to work in tandem with the present system, which even though it's only getting 50 percent of the 20,000 bbls per day, it is seemingly dealing with the methane problem...So assume that the present system is dealing with half the flow, and that you can design a durable covering containing the oil column with the SQUID and lots of other things become plausible..." See More at: http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6563

Amplify.com - Simple Squid Solution

http://dcoda.amplify.com/2010/06/04/simple-squid-solution-could-contain-oil/

ScientificBlogging.com - Oil Still Spilling? Bring In A SQUID!

And so today I blog a SQUID with no tentacles, no suckers, no snapping beak. It is the Super Quick Undersea Incident Device (hee), and it's a simple tube of plastic invented by one Steve Dvorak (no, not that Dvorak). It looks extremely clever, at least from the perspective of someone not particularly experienced in 5000'-engineering. See more at: http://www.scientificblogging.com/squid_day/blog/oil_still_spilling_bring_squid 

DiscoveryNews - Simple 'SQUID' Solution Could Contain Oil

"...Like this one from Steve Dvorak (above) called the Super Quick Undersea Incident Device, or SQUID. Dvorak, whose nickname is MacGyver after the 1985 television series starring Richard Dean Anderson, is a Houston-based inventor, builder and designer, who already has several patents (although not one for SQUID).

I called Dvorak to ask him about his idea, which is so simple and seemingly workable that surely anyone at BP who knows about it must be having a "DUH" moment." See more at...http://news.discovery.com/tech/simple-squid-solution-could-contain-oil.html

NBC (Houston's Ch.2) - Houston Inventor Has Idea For BP

HOUSTON -- A Houston-area inventor said he believes BP is not paying attention to the thousands of ideas being submitted by scientists, engineers and others to stop an oil spill, KPRC Local 2 reported Tuesday. See video and full story: http://www.click2houston.com/news/23761164/detail.html?taf=hou

Popular Science - BP's Latest Attempt to "Top kill" the Gulf Leak

"Why hasn't BP already deployed the LMRP? That's unclear. In fact -- and we're not trying to demonize here, but it is getting a bit annoying -- BP doesn't seem very receptive to ideas coming from outside the company. The public has drummed up a range of solutions, everything from deploying oil absorbent materials laced with petrol-eating microbes to the SQUID, an admittedly condom-like system that seems like it could quickly help contain the mess (perhaps it's worth noting that the success rate for the average Trojan is better than 60%)."... see more at http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-05/top-kill-underway-what-amp-top-kill

CBC News, Canada - BP Oil Leak: Send us your Suggestions

"Texas inventor Steven Gregor Dvorak has designed a similar contraption called SQUID, which stands for Super Quick Undersea Incident Device, equipped with flexible plastic tubes to guide the oil to the surface." Read more... http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2010/06/bp-oil-leak-send-us-your-suggestions.html 

Culture Map Houston - Houston's MacGyver begs BP to consider his oil spill solution — gets put on hold

"Houston's MacGyver begs BP to consider his oil spill solution — gets put on hold: Stephen Dvorak's nickname is MacGyver. A Houston inventor, builder and designer, Dvorak has several patents to his name — and now he wants to take on the oil spill (if only British Petroleum would listen)."...see more at http://culturemap.com/newsdetail/05-24-10-houston-macgyver-begs-bp-to-consider-his-oil-spill-solution-gets-put-on-hold/

BP Oil News - Hollywood Suggestions for Dealing With the Gulf Oil Spill

Houston Texas inventor Steven Dvorak is known as “MacGyver.” Dvorak says he’s begged BP to take a look at his invention that he calls SQUID (an acronym for Super Quick Undersea Incident Device). Dvorak says its  a heavy ring attached to a soft reinforced tube to gather the oil as it floats up to the surface. Dvorak says, “I feel like people are scurrying around with teacups and I’m holding a firehose.” Read More at...http://bpoilnews.com/gulf-oil-spill-response/hollywood-suggestions-for-dealing-with-the-gulf-oil-spill/

Christian Science Monitor - BP oil spill: Five outside-the-box solutions to capping and cleanup

Houston's "MacGyver" to the rescue? Houston inventor Steven Dvorak says he has begged BP to take note of his as-yet-unpatented contraption, which he calls SQUID. That's short for Super Quick Undersea Incident Device. It's a "heavy ring attached to a soft reinforced tube to gather the oil as it floats up to the surface," Read more at...http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0602/BP-oil-spill-Five-outside-the-box-solutions-to-capping-and-cleanup 

Fast Company - More Oil Spill Solutions: From SQUID to Oil-Eating Microbes

"Tim Johnson tells us about a slightly different solution: the SQUID, a heavy ring attached to a reinforced tube that collects oil as it floats to the ocean surface. SQUID's website explains:

The scale of the SQUID can be altered, based on the size of the sea floor leak site and depth needed at the rig site. Current prototypes are 48' in diameter, easily assembled on site (sea surface) by divers and tug boats. The ring is delivered hollow; once it is assembled, a heavy agent will fill the inner ring, allowing the ring to sink, while deflating the flotation devices holding the ring above water. The ring then sinks to cover the leak site, draping the high strength plastic around the leak site, creating a guided flow to the surface. The connection points between the ring and plastic are porous, allowing divers and equipment to flow freely in and out of the shroud, facilitating work to fix the leak or build anew.

But like Corpora, Johnson hasn't had any luck getting BP to pay attention. He tells us in the comments, "[SQUID] has been vetted by engineers and major oilfield service companies are trying to get this into BP's hands, but BP is running around like a chicken without a head. Getting this idea in front of BP has been like a 3-ring circus."...see more at http://www.fastcompany.com/1652618/more-oil-spill-solutions-the-squid-oil-eating-microbes 

Culture Map Houston - The search for Houston housewives is No. 1 story of the week

"We highlighted inventor Stephen Dvorak's quest to get someone at BP to look at his Super Quick Undersea Incident Device (SQUID), an invention that he claims can gather oil as it floats to the surface. Since the story appeared, Dvorak has gotten a slew of phone calls and appointments with interested parties, but still nothing from BP. Seems like the beleaguered oil company could use all the help it can get." Read more at...http://culturemap.com/newsdetail/05-29-10-the-search-for-houston-housewives-is-no-1-story-of-the-week/


Deisgn News Golden Mousetrap Award Finalist 2010

April 2010 - ViseNut is selected as a finalist in the Best New Product competition by Design News, the Golden Mousetrap Best New Product Awards in the Fastening, Joining & Assembly Components Category.

ViseNut Gloden Mousetrap Finalist 2010