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.

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