Forget the Crayon Box: Scribble Pen Draws in 16 Million Colors

Posted On Wed, August 20, 2014 By

Posted On Wed, August 20, 2014 By In Art, Technology

It’s hard to even imagine 16 million colors, let alone draw in them, but the Scribble pen does just that. The first-of-its-kind creation, developed by the San Francisco-based startup Scribble Technology, scans colors and transfers them either to paper or a mobile device. See a paint hue you just love or want to capture the shade of a dress in a store window? Just tap your pen on the wall or object and, voila, you can draw in that color.

Scribble Pen

With the color sensor and microprocessor, the pen determines the color in question and mixes it in its barrel, using water-based dye inks, which come in the standard cyan, magenta, yellow, and black colors. It also uses white to achieve greater opacity. It can then save up to 100,000 unique colors in its internal memory. Using micro-dispensing components similar to those a printer, the nib of the pen does the drawing. And the nib, which comes in six different sizes, is self cleaning, which alleviates the clogging of a traditional drawing pen.

Scribble Pen

There are two versions of the pen–the Scribble Ink Pen works on paper, and the Scribble Stylus Pen draws on digital devices like an iPad or Wacom Tablet. The pen’s ink is lightfast, long lasting, and water resistant. Individual cartridges sell for $3-$10 each. The pen is also 100% compatible with Photoshop or Corel. The Scribble mobile app shows users the pen’s battery life, memory, and ink level information. It also makes organizing stored colors simple.

Scribble has been in the works for the past two years, developed by a team of electronic engineers and color scientists. The ink pen launched on Kickstarter last week and has already far exceeded its $100,000 goal, having received $366,56 from 1,959 backers. Learn more about Scribble in the informational video above.

[Via The Guardian]

Images courtesy of Scribble Technology 


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