The New Scribble Pen Is Like Carrying Your Printer & Photoshop in Your Pocket

25-06-2014 by

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If you’re an artist or graphic designer, you may have felt frustrated by the limited colour options available when you wanted to capture the world around you. Have you ever wanted to recreate a colour with the precision of Photoshop’s eyedropper tool in real life? Now you can, with the Scribble Pen.

The Scribble Pen lets users pick up any colour around them and instantly draw in the same shade using ink on paper or on your smartphone screen. The pen has a built in RGB colour sensor that will allow you to hold it up to any objet and scan that object’s colour profile. Its five refillable ink cartridges (black, white, cyan, magenta and yellow) mix colours in order to allow you to draw with any colour you can see. It’s basically a printer disguised as a pen.

There are two variations of the pen. The Scribble Ink pen works just like an ordinary pen and allows you to draw on paper. It will come with a variety of pen nibs to allow you to create fine lines and brush strokes. The Scribble Stylus is designed for use with tablets and smartphones and will allow you to draw the world around you on your screen.

According to its creators, you’ll be able to switch colours in a very short time with minimal ink wastage. The device can hold up to 100 000 colours in its memory and can reproduce over 16 million unique colours. It also communicates with your smartphone via Bluetooth to organise and tag the colours you scan and the app can convert the colours into various colour models. The pen will be compatible with Android, iOS and Windows phone operating systems.

The creators will be launching a Kickstarter campaign in July in order to fund mass production of the pen, but if you sign up for pre-orders on their site, you’ll get a 20% discount on your order. If the idea gets your creative juices flowing, you can sign up for updates here.

Nic Venter

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Nic Venter+

 is the founder and director of He started the business in 2009 with the idea to sell ink and toner cartridges online and to provide you with a quality product, value for money and convenience. He regularly blogs on about printing and technology. Part of his philosophy is having fun and making sure that he and his team think everything ink, so you don't have to.

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