The Scribble Pen is said to be able to recreate any colour you point at, using a special ink cartridge and scanner that can replicate any colour, saving 100,000 of your favourites in its internal memory.
It’s the size of a normal felt-tip pen, and by touching it up against something like an orange, the pen will match the colour in ink.
“We were inspired by Microsoft Paint and Photoshop,” says Kevin Harrison, from the San Francisco start-up. “We thought, wouldn’t it be great if you could have a physical colour-picker that could not only sample, but match and reproduce any colour in real life?”
Billed as the "last pen you'll ever have to buy,” the Pen's smart ink cartridge "connects to a smart micro pump that recreates the colour you have scanned.” With a 16-bit RGB colour sensor and microprocessor on one end of the pen, the device determines the colour in question, then mixes it in the barrel of the pen, using water-based dye inks in the usual cyan, magenta, yellow and black, as well as white for greater opacity. The website suggests that the ink is water-resistant and won't ever fade, and that pens will come with a set of nibs, allowing you to draw in different stroke widths.
Battery life is said to last up to seven hours on a single charge, and it charges with a standard Micro USB cable.
However, as with many things on the Internet, be wary before you pre-order. After two failed crowdfunding campaigns, the company's now selling the pens directly to customers on its website. There’s a chance that this tech may be a little too ahead of its time. Scribble still need to start shipping before they can prove that their product adds some colour to the world and does what it says.