October 9, 2015 by idinnovation
The development of new technologies is driven by technological evolution and what is called Moore’s Law. Evolutionary technology is based off the premise that new technologies are developed through innovation progression and grow from past technologies, The rhymes of history evolutionary path is very interesting as the correlation between technologies of today have similarities to past technologies. Ideas for technology are often based off science-based fiction, which can be seen in movies and print such as Star Trek and Back to the Future.
The stylus pen has been around for many, many years. Let us go back some 6000 years around 4000 BC a man scratches a clay tablet using a bone or some other tool. Edge up to 3000 BC and the Egyptians are using imagery to communicate and writing on papyrus using thin red brushes or reed pens. I could discuss the Romans and their use of wax on wooden tablets and the use of the metal stylus. But the dark ages brought about tablets filled with wax that were used to take notes and plan the layout of books. Their use of metal or bone is consistent with the stylus.
Let us fast forward a bit and move to the 1790’s when the pencil was invested in both France and Australia. Following by the patenting of the metal pen in 1803. By 1884, Lewis Edson Waterman, an insurance broker invested the first proper fountain pen. The ballpoint pen was introduced to the US market in 1945! Soon after in 1957, Tom Dimond used the stylus in a technology device.
Much like the universe technology too evolves and through innovation is reintroduced in cycles.
History of Writing Implements – over 6000 years. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ringpen.com/history.html
Laureate Education (Producer). (2014d). David Thornburg: Evolutionary technologies [Video file]. Baltimore, MD: Author.