I know what you're thinking. The last time you used a pencil was probably to take your SATs. Well, maybe you'd use more pencils if you actually made them yourself, using the scrap paper you have hanging around in conjunction with this funky little pencil maker.
Chinese industrial designers Chengzhu Ruan, Yuanyuan Liu, Xinwei Yuan and Chao Chen have created this little machine that takes that scrap paper you have lying around (you know, the misprints, the Powerpoint left over after meetings, that type of thing) and winds it tightly around the lead centers inside the machine and voilá, out comes your custom pencil.
Sure, it's an odd little gadget in a digital world, but it doesn't mean pencils are any less useful or the device less ingenious. It recycles, it creates pencils that could be great for design studios, offices, and if the lead is No. 2 it might be great for SAT prep centers.
If that's not enough to sell it, it also has a fancy pencil sharpener built in.