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    Future TechnologyFuture Design, Technology, Industrial Design, Car Concept, Futuristic Gadget, and Product Concept

    Color Picker by Jinsun Park
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    Color Picker is an innovative design of a concept pen that can scan colors from anything around and instantly use the color for drawing. After placing the pen against an object, the user just presses the scan button. The color is being detected by the color sensor and the RGB cartridge of the pen mixes the required inks to create the target color. This superb device will help people to observe the changing colors of nature. With color picker, all range of artists will be able to cerate a more sensorial and visual insight of their surrounding nature’s colors.


    Currently still a concept, but I can think of a few ways I'd build it myself.. which means it can't be that far off...
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    I would love to see the conceptualization process here. The pen barrel is a great ergonomic handle for scanning, and looks to fit comfortably for writing. The hand anthro study on this must have been fun. Curious left-handed model. And, it's doubtful that the model cast medal but that would be awesome.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009 edited
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    that's pretty cool! At first glance I assumed it was a wacom/cintiq pen and scanned textures for digital painting. An actual pen tho sounds a ways off and way exepensive.
    I suppose you can already just snap a photo of the apple w/ your cam and get a hex code from it?
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    I want that.
    I want that So Bad for my cintiq.
    • CommentAuthorIan_M
    • CommentTimeJun 19th 2009
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    The color is being detected by the color sensor and the RGB cartridge of the pen mixes the required inks to create the target color.


    And the cartridges are costing $45 at official dealers, and are lasting three weeks.

    This would be great for a tablet stylus but really expensive as a pen.
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    It's a nice idea with a bad ad. I'm looking at the apple and seeing a huge variety of reds and some brownish flecks within where I think the device is pointing. How does it know which color I want?

    James
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    Sounds neat, but I don’t think it’s technically possibly. Maybe in the diamond age a semi-accurate model could be introduced, but relative color would always be a big problem.
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      CommentAuthorAdam
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2009
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    After placing the pen against an object, the user just presses the scan button. The color is being detected by the color sensor and the RGB cartridge of the pen mixes the required inks to create the target color.


    Wait, this is a pen for hard-copy drawing, on paper? Huh. I'd think that making it for digital input would be a more logical first step... And seconding the concerns of relative color accuracy. I work in wide format digital printing - that's one of the biggest bug-bears I face. But for lower-end applications such as small clients without a rigid style-guide I could see that being fairly useful.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJun 20th 2009
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    It's an interesting idea, but it really looks like the old "solution in search of a problem". That's conceptual design for you.

    I'd be mildly interested in a pen with 16.7 million colours of ink to choose from, selected either on the pen itself or perhaps wirelessly from a computer, though.

    @Cunningham - If I had to build one, the colour sensor would take a small digital photo of the surface under standard illumination, then take a colour average of that. But, agreed, it's never going to be a perfect reproduction. Colour verisimilitude in digital photography is a devil as well.
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    @Ian I agree completely... there's no reason for me to want to put this on paper, but it's perfect if I need to pull a color from my physical environment into my constructed world. Yes. And that process would be even easier, wouldn't have to calibrate ink settings, etc.