CoolTechStuff: Scribble

By Larry Mortimer, AIA

Does a compact device that can quickly and accurately scan the color of any object around you, then reproduce it on paper, or in a tablet, interest you? Well take a look at the Scribble pen and stylus, and see what you think!CoolTech1

What Does It Do: Scribble is actually two devices (a pen or a stylus) that can both scan the color of any object around you, and store it. The pen can then duplicate the color directly onto paper, while the stylus can draw the color on your favorite tablet device.

System Requirements: iOS, Android, OS or paper

What does it cost: to be determined

cooltech2How Does It Work: The Scribble Ink pen and stylus both use a color sensor and microprocessor to detect colors. The pen then mixes five inks for the correct color on a paper drawing.

The stylus translates the color to a digital device, such as an iPad or Wacom Tablet. To use it simply hold Scribble’s scanner end up to any color, like on a wall, an object, or a photo and within a second or two that color is stored in Scribble’s internal memory. An accompanying app instantly displays the RGB, CMYK or HEX
CODE for any color you capture on your mobile device. The mobile app also shows battery life, storage use, and ink levels.

Key Features:
• Works with Photoshop & Corel
• Can hold over 100,000 colors in internal memory & reproduce over 16 million colors!

Pros: Scribble Pen reproduces any color, replacing hundreds of marking pens that become dried out before their time.

Cons: Not available yet, but will be available for pre-order soon.


Conclusion: The ability to quickly pick any color around you and instantly draw that same color on paper or on your favorite tablet could be very useful. Scribble could also be handy to simply find the RGB, CMYK or HEX code of a color.

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Follow up on a Previous Article: I recently purchased a 3D printer, and shortly after that I purchased the 3Doodler pen (I reviewed last March). While the 3Doodler is somewhat of a challenge to create something by itself, it’s a great tool for welding 3D printed parts together, or adding filler material to a 3D print.

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