The Future Of Crayons Ditches The Placemats - And The Fun

Crayons have been around in one form or another since the time of the ancient Egyptians. But there hasn't been a major tech breakthrough for the stick of coloured wax since the 19th Century. Until now!

No longer will children be forced to colour on placemats, bits of scrap paper from mum's purse or the construction paper. Thanks to Griffin Technology and the iMarker, colouring has gone high tech. The company's $US30 digital crayon may require an Apple iPad to use, but it does let you do things like create your own drawings, colour them in and even use more than one colour.

Think about it! More than one colour! And the best part, the digital crayon, available soon in a soulless grey, won't melt or smell funny.

"Colouring as kids know it is about to come alive in an amazing new way through our partnership with Griffin Technology," said Warren Schorr, Head of Crayola Licensing. "Imagine a colouring book that morphs and changes as kids digitally colour it in. This application is taking a classic play pattern and bringing it totally outside the box."

No word yet if colouring outside the box will be available at launch.


    So all a parent needs for this is the digital crayon and a $1000 ipad to leave with a child. Cheap AND practical!

    What happens if they eat it?

    Now, not only can you own an expensive gimmick, you can buy a gimmick "crayon" with it. The sad thing is, they'll still make money from this cuz people don't know how to think for themselves.

    Guh. I'm not normally a "new technology is ruining kids" sorta person, but this is just ridiculous.

    I have an iPad and I have kids. They play with it. It cost $500 not $1000 and was worth every penny. I don't see the problem if someone wants to make that experience better for my kids. The stylus actually fixes a big problem, I watched a video on youtube and it can tell the difference between a stylus and a hand touch. I have a pogo stick my kids use to draw with but they keep touching the screen with the base of their hand and it messes up the line they are drawing. It will probably be great technology for an adult version too. Make fun all you want but I like it and will buy one as soon as it comes out!

      you could buy a pack of 'primitive' crayons and have something to pin up on that useless internet fridge of yours.

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