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, while the business end still features a ballpoint ink tip for writing on paper.
There are a few catches though. At around $US14 for three, they're definitely more expensive. And those of us who chew the ends of Bic pens to shreds will need to find another vice.
But even worse, as the folks at Chip Chick point out, the version of the Cristal Stylus pictured above, that shares the same stylings as the classic Bic pen, is actually the European version. The North American version, though more modern looking and sleeker, is actually kind of disappointing in comparison — at least for ballpoint pen purists. So hopefully that version will also be available here at some point soon. [Bic via Chip Chick]