The latest buzz around the design and illustration forums and sites is the upcoming release of the Wacom Inkling.
With this teched up pen and receiver, all your drawings on paper are recorded to later be plugged by usb into your computer. You can record drawings in layers as well as outputting them to vector.
This is great for those that are used to drawing with ball point pen, but those who are addicted to pencil (and eraser) might find this hard to work with. I suppose the next step up from this pen is a pencil with an eraser end that records both drawing and erasing.
I’m totally looking forward to its release this or next month.