Last year, pen company, Bic, celebrated 40 years of their iconic four-colour pen, which allows users to write in black, blue, red or green.
But a new pen has been developed, which dwarfs Bic’s four colour options.
The ‘Cronzy’ is the world’s most diverse pen, giving users the option of writing with a staggering 16 million different colours.
The ‘Cronzy’ pen, which is the brainchild of 26-year-old Alex Leonets, allows people to switch between any colour through an app.
The device, which will retail at $300 (£228) when it goes on sale next year, also has a scanner at the opposite end to the tip so it can scan colours from everyday objects and then replicate them in the tip.
It means the pen could accurately replicate the shade of a green leaf or a red apple.
Mr Leonets has spent almost a year developing the pen and now has a working prototype.
Mr Leonets said: ‘The idea originally came from a moment when I wanted to show a specific shade of colour.
‘However, it wasn’t so simple because the only way to quickly get any shade of colour were on digital devices.
‘This lead to the thought of a possibility where a person can have quick access to mixing any set of colours, at any precise moment, and thus I had the idea to create a smart pen.’
The pen uses a complex algorithm to enable the user to mix between colours.
Much like office printers, the pen contains small electromechanical solenoids to eject ink in the right quantities.
It has an in built battery and five interchangeable tips, depending on the thickness people want to write or colour with.
While Cronzy can be used by anyone from children to adults, Mr Leonets hopes creative individuals will begin using them.
He said: ‘Our smart pen aims to help artists and other creative people draw inspiration from the colours that surround them.’
The app, which will work on iOS, Android and Windows, will also save peoples’ favourite colours for use in the future.
Currently, a crowdfunding campaign is underway on indiegogo to produce a commercial version of the pen, with sales starting in May next year.
Mr Leonets said: ‘Cartridges will be available for sale when we start the manufacturing stage.
‘Each individual cartridge will cost around $2 (£1.50) and provide enough ink for around 500 metres of writing depending on the size of the tip of the pen.
‘When it comes to charging of the pen, Cronzy will come with a charging home station, which allows you to charge it during storage.
‘Moreover, the charging home station has a micro USB port for convenient charging.’