The first eraser was invented in 1770 by English engineer Edward Nairne, and it has since been updated by various manufacturers into countless types, shapes, and sizes. But this staple correction tool has always had one flaw—you can’t see what you’re rubbing out. This is now a problem of the past thanks to Japanese stationery brand Seed. The company has been making erasers since the 1950s, but it has recently released a new design: a transparent eraser.
Seed came up with the concept of a see-through eraser 5 years ago, but spent some time developing the perfect formula that wouldn’t crumble on the page. The clear rubber material helps users erase pencil lines with maximum precision, making them the perfect tool for artists. The creators call the transparent eraser Clear Radar, and you can now find it in stationery stores across Japan.