Ways to Improve the Pen, Based on Osborn’s (1963) 73 Idea-Spurring Questions…
November 3, 2009 by gentrysu
Put to other uses?
The pen can be used as a bookmark, back-scratcher, ruler, or drum stick.
The pen is like a pencil, crayon, marker, or any other object that writes. It is small in size, like most MP3 players these days.
Pens can already vary in color, odor, shape, and form. Some even erase. Something to change would be their sounds. Pens do not make music. Perhaps a computer chip could be added to allow them to play music.
In addition to adding music-playing abilities to pens, why not attach alarms to them that would help you to find them once they are lost? Also, how about adding the ability to help a person use their best handwriting.
Make them less round and more flat to improve upon their ability to be used as a bookmark.
Food. Ink that you can safely sip for nourishment.
Put the point of the pen in the middle of the pen for people with challenged motor skills.
The pen does the thinking, writing, and editing instead of the person using it.
What we now have is a pen that writes in ink, lead, crayon, and marker. It makes music, can’t ever be lost, and gives a person their best handwriting. It is flat enough to be the perfect bookmark, contains delicious, safe, and nutritious ink, gives the option of holding it sideways for writing, and does the writing for you.
My imagination for creating a better pen has to do with the way I am feeling at the moment. The fact that I am in my quiet house all alone working on school work is giving me the desire to hear music. However, to do so, I’d need to find my MP3 player, which will only cause me to be frustrated. Moving a CD player into this room will require me to look for some favorite CDs, which will also cause frustration. I lose things, hence the alarm. (Do you detect my lack of organization?) I am hungry, but do not feel like making something to eat, hence, the edible, yet nutritious ink. I am forever using pens as bookmarks, causing dents to be formed in my books; flatter pens would certainly help me in this area. As for the improvement of better handwriting, I have noticed that some pens allow me to write neater than others. What if all pens automatically did this, based on what it sensed its user needed? How cool would that be? Lastly, a pen that does all of the writing would certainly make life easier…especially on days that you are home finishing up school work or needing to write holiday cards!