When playwright Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote that “the pen is mightier than the sword” in 1839, we bet that he wasn’t picturing anything quite like the high tech writing implements of today. From invisible inks made from algae which becomes visible over different, predictable periods, to levitating writing implements which look like they belong on a futuristic space ship, there are some amazing creations out there.

We may love classic technology in the shape of our best-selling watchwinders, but the Barringtons team also love the latest gadgets. Here are three of our favourite, futuristic pens. (Yes, we’re starting our Christmas list early this year!)

1. Time Lapse Ink

Amazing for leaving secret messages or even creating “living art”, this living ink starts out invisible, then reveals itself over time. Using ink made from algae, these amazing pens were created when a project seeking to discover a sustainable ink for printers revealed the incredible time lapse properties of bio ink.

2. 3Doodler

If you love everything about 3D printing technology, but don’t have the know-how or budget to justify buying and operating your own, this amazing pen is a much more affordable step down. The 3Doodler produces heated plastic which cools almost instantly, allowing you to “draw” stable structures into existence. We’re dying to have a go.

3. Levitation Light Sabre Fountain Pen

Do you ever wish that “the Force was with you” when you were jotting notes at your desk? This insane levitating, Star Wars pen is the gizmo you didn’t know you wanted, until now. Disguised as a lightsabre and floating on a base in mid air, this bronze, topaz, palladium and rhodium limited edition pen is the ultimate boy toy.

Have you come across any innovative or high tech pens we haven’t featured on our list? Share your discover with us below.