Tomorrow’s Pens (Jan, 1959)

Tomorrow’s Pens

THE pen at left is solar-powered, burning an impression onto the paper with an electric arc. The instrument above is a Voice-Writer, combining a dictaphone with a script-writing pen. Both are dreams of Parker Pen Co. stylists, preparing for tomorrow’s brave new world .

12 comments
  1. Charlene says: March 18, 20108:03 am

    Anyone else misread the headline and get really interested?

  2. Myles says: March 18, 20108:05 am

    Charlene – The Penis mightier than the sword (SNL ripoff) :)

    I think the automatic writing pen is like Homer’s robot, it looks cool, but is missing the stuff inside that makes it work.

  3. Toronto says: March 18, 201011:18 am

    The autowriter is named “Parker 2000″ – they’re behind schedule.

    (I suppose I could go from MS “Wreck a nice beach” software to Nicolet-Zeta pen plotter with some simple wrapper scripts, but I don’t know of a single product that does that.)

  4. Neil Russell says: March 18, 20103:06 pm

    Charlene may be on to something, the concept was also called “dictaphone” in the story.
    A little prurience could be good for business!

  5. Jari says: March 18, 20103:26 pm

    That headline did cause a “WTH” moment for me. The students could have had a new excuse: ” I’m sorry, but my homework caught fire from my electric pen.”

  6. blueferretdog says: March 18, 20104:12 pm

    When I was a boy my father was an executive for P&G and he took me on a tour of a plant in Cincinnati, They had a device exactly like the auto writer that they used to transmit orders and other info from one plant building to the other. It was not nearly as stylish but it sure impressed me. They let me write something with it and then showed me the output at the building across the street, which we got to via a tunnel under the road. I think the plant was called “Ivorydale” and yes , they made the soap there. It made quite an impression on my 8 year old mind.

  7. blueferretdog says: March 18, 20104:14 pm

    When I was a boy my father was an executive for P&G and he took me on a tour of a plant in Cincinnati, They had a device exactly like the auto writer that they used to transmit orders and other info from one plant building to the other. It was not nearly as stylish but it sure impressed me. They let me write something with it and then showed me the output at the building across the street, which we got to via a tunnel under the road. I think the plant was called “Ivorydale” and yes , they made the soap there. It made quite an impression on my 8 year old mind. Ah, wait I was confused, the device at P&G was an “automatic planograph” or something to that effect.

  8. Firebrand38 says: March 18, 20104:50 pm

    blueferretdog: You can say that again! (I couldn’t resist)

    Once more, if your post doesn’t show up either wait for Charlie and his minions to approve it or contact Charlie using the link provided. Don’t just type it in again.

  9. JMyint says: March 19, 20103:58 pm

    A few years later Parker did come up with an atomic powered pen.

    http://davidszondy.com/…

  10. spiff says: March 20, 20103:50 pm

    I’d rather have a talking paperclip that tried to guess what you wanted to write, and offer suggestions to help me move along.

    “It appears you are trying speaking to your Voice-Writer in a sarcastic tone. Would you like some help, since you really care about what I say?”

  11. Arglebarglefarglegleep says: August 6, 20109:43 pm

    Good God, the nuclear pen had a isotope that would warm up the solid ink! They have printers that use wax cartridges still. But the thought of having a isotope so radioactive that it could would be palpably warm is really bizarre. I’m not familiar with isotopes, and the only ones I know that are warm put out a lot of unhealthy radiation and are pretty chemically toxic if ingested.

  12. mickey says: May 7, 20111:02 am

    the nuclear pen had a isotope that would warm up the solid ink! They have printers that use wax cartridges still. But the thought of having a isotope so radioactive that it could would be palpably warm is really bizarre. I’m not familiar with isotopes, and the only ones I know that are warm put out a lot of unhealthy radiation and are pretty chemically toxic if ingested.

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