If you want to create pointillist works of art without giving yourself carpal tunnel—or you just lack the artistic dexterity—you might want to invest in The Pointillist Artist’s Electronic Pen. The $70 pen was created by Hammacher Schlemmer, makers of other brilliant and pointless products like rideable beer coolers and forks that twirl your spaghetti for you (along with a slew of practical stuff), and allows artists to automatically produce pointillist dots without having to tap each one out by hand.
The electronic pen was designed to help artists create pointillist or stippled works like those of impressionist painter Georges Seurat and The Wall Street Journal illustrator Kevin Sprouls. It contains an electromagnetic mechanism that pushes the ink tip up and down like a miniature jackhammer, generating 600 ink dots per minute. According to Hammacher Schlemmer, the pen allows artists to stipple 10 times faster than usual—making it perfect for impatient artists and those who suffer from wrist fatigue.
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