You might not realize it, but the invention of the ballpoint pen was a major technological innovation in the industrialized world. Over on the Atlantic, Josh Giesbrecht talks about how the pen changed how we put words down to paper.
The BIC ballpoint is a triumph of efficient design; it’s also a pretty good mascot for disposable consumption, with 100 billion having been manufactured since the 1950s. But empty pens are good for more than just landfill: chain 10,000 together, and you can have yourself a neat canopy.
Writing implements aren't going to be supplanted by touchscreen devices anytime soon. But that isn't stopping Bic from hedging its bets and ensuring its classic see-through plastic pens remain relevant. The company's new Cristal Stylus features a rubber tip on the bottom letting you jot notes on a touchscreen device,…
Sure, maybe the iPad wasn't meant to be used with a stylus but having options is always a good thing, right? Sadly this stylus adapter is only a Kickstarter project for the time being but it promises to turn Sharpies, Bic or Pilot pens into a full fledged, tablet inputting beast. If the project raises enough money,…
Maybe some tools aren't old-fashioned. Maybe they're just perfect. The inevitable tapering toward only the necessary, the honing away of all distraction. The machine at its most simple. After that, what? Easy: mass production.
More dusty Newton prototypes have emerged from the archives as everyone's busy drycleaning their favorite black turtlenecks in preparation of Apple's tablet announcement. The Bic and Cadillac hit the FCC but never quite made it to shelves, apparently.
Most people only ever use a lighter for smoking cigarettes. Some enterprising souls find other uses. But for Parisian artist Oliver Kosta-Théfaine, the BIC lighter is his paint and the ceiling is his canvas.