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Meet Scribble, the company that apparently put a color picker app inside of a pen.

Scribble says its pen can scan any color around you and then immediately reproduce that color on paper via a built-in ink cartridge. Launching on Kickstarter soon, the pen can reputably hold “over 100,000 unique colors … and can reproduce over 16 million unique colors.” The company shares that the pen will ship with an app to “instantly sync every color you scan” onto your iPhone or Android smartphone.

If the Scribble Pen works as its creators claim, it certainly has the potential to be the next Kickstarter hit. Yet, without proof, it’s worth taking these claims with a grain of salt. The device looks impressive, but it currently falls into the believe-it-when-we-see-it category.

scribble smartpen

Scribble says it plans to launch two separate color picker pens (below): an ink cartridge-powered traditional pen, and a tablet stylus with an RGB color sensor.

The smart pen industry is — believe it or not — quite competitive, although it lacks the buzz of the smartwatch business. Adobe recently entered the space with its “Mighty” stylus, and Livescribe offers pens that essentially scan your words as you write. Even Apple is reportedly interested in smart pens.


Check back for updates as we await the Kickstarter project’s launch — slated for July 7. If you’re interested in preordering the device, you can sign up for updates here.

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