Color-sampling Scribble pen races past crowdfunding goal
By Stu Robarts
August 12, 2014
Back in May we reported on plans to create the Scribble – a pen that can scan and reproduce any color you can find on the fly. After the project smashed its Kickstarter target in just five hours, those plans are now one big step closer to reality.
The Scribble allows users to scan objects with a color sensor at one end and analyzes the color of the object using a built in microprocessor. Depending on the version of the device being used, you can then draw on paper with the scanned color using the Scribble Ink Pen or on a mobile device using the Scribble Stylus.
According to Scribble, the device can reproduce over 16 million unique colors and can store over 100,000 in its 1 GB internal memory once they have been scanned. Refillable cartridges will be available for the ink version of the device and a mobile app allows users to save, organize, tag, search and convert colors that have been scanned.
The Scribble works with Photoshop and is compatible with iOS, Android, PC and Mac devices. It powered by a Lithium-ion battery and is charged via mini-USB. Users can select from six different tip sizes for different stroke weights.
The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for Scribble was launched yesterday to raise money for its final development and production. The campaign hit its US$100,000 goal within 5 hours and about $280,000 has been raised at the time of writing, with 34 days left to go.
Assuming all goes to plan with the development and production process, production and delivery of the Scribble is expected to begin from March 2015. A limited number of early bird pledges for the Scribble Stylus and Scribble Ink Pen are still available at $79 and $149 respectively.
The Kickstarter pitch video for Scribble is below.
UPDATE, August 13: As several readers have already pointed out below, funding for this project has just been cancelled. Scribble Technology, the company behind the Scribble Pen, has been asked by Kickstarter to produce a new, more detailed pitch video. The company says the video is being re-shot and that the campaign will be re-launched as soon as the video is ready.
UPDATE, Sept.3: Scribble has now launched a new crowdfunding project that is not on Kickstarter, and has already surpassed its funding goal.