Bic has their iconic four-colour pen which allows users to write in black, blue, red or green. It marked 40 years last year.
A new pen is however out to shame it.
‘Cronzy’ is the world’s most diverse pen, giving users the option of writing with a staggering 16 million different colours.
It is the brainchild of 26-year-old Alex Leonets. Cronzy allows people to switch through any color with an app. The device further has a scanner at the opposite end to the tip so it can scan colours from everyday objects and then replicate them in the tip.
It will retail at $300 when it goes on sale next year. Mr. Leonets has spent one year developing the pen, and now he has a prototype.
‘The idea originally came from a moment when I wanted to show a specific shade of colour.
‘However, it wasn’t so simple because the only way to quickly get any shade of colour were on digital devices.
‘This lead to the thought of a possibility where a person can have quick access to mixing any set of colours, at any precise moment, and thus I had the idea to create a smart pen.’ he said.
‘Cronzy’ pen uses a complex algorithm to enable users to mix different colors. It works a lot like a normal printer, and contains small electro-mechanical solenoids to eject ink in the right quantities.
It has an inbuilt battery and 5 interchangeable tips for different thickness.
The app will be available for iOS, Android and Windows. It will be able to save the user’s preferred colors.
Mr Leonets said: ‘Cartridges will be available for sale when we start the manufacturing stage.
‘Each individual cartridge will cost around $2 and provide enough ink for around 500 metres of writing depending on the size of the tip of the pen.
‘When it comes to charging of the pen, Cronzy will come with a charging home station, which allows you to charge it during storage.
‘Moreover, the charging home station has a micro USB port for convenient charging.’