Designers, Rejoice: Nix Portable Will Scan Any Colour and Send It To Your Smartphone

Pick a colour, any colour!

How many times have you sat down to design a site, an app or even the colour scheme for your bedroom and thought: Oh, there was a [shirt, wall, stone, book cover, photo] that would have been the perfect colour for this! Or maybe you've been to one of those paint chip scanners in Home Depot and thought, if only I could bring my [curtains, bedspread, other huge item] with me.

And let's face it, taking a pic on your smartphone does not yield a match. It can be close, but with variances introduced by lighting and the camera software in your phone (not to mention the smudge marks on your camera lens), capturing the perfect shade can be very difficult. And in the world of computer-aided design, you then need to take all this guesswork and convert it to an RGB, HEX or other value. MOAR HEADACHES.

Until Nix.

Nix is a portable scanner that scans your colour of choice, sends it to your smartphone and registers its value in a number of ways (RGB, HSL, HSV, Lab, XYZ, HTML, or CMYK). (One thing: By HTML, they mean HEX.) Apparently it's ingeniously designed to take away all the variables so you don't have to worry about lighting, placement, size of the sample, etc. Just take the little tiny scanner, place it right up to the colour and click the button. Done.

Nix Sensor, portable colour scanner (Credit: Nix KickStarter Campaign)
To make it truly awesome, Nix is a Canadian KickStarter based in Toronto. It still has 2 weeks to go and has met its goal, so the likelihood of production is pretty high. They've got a great little video showing it in action, and lots of detail on the KickStarter site including pics of their 3d printed prototypes (which you can obtain for a pledge of $25 or more).

I can think of many instances when this would have been useful: designing websites and app UIs, picking my paint colours for the house, trying to buy a shirt and tie to match a suit, etc. The Kickstarter even mentions the possibility of scanning a person's skin to make matching prostheses. So. Utterly. Awesome.

It's expected to retail for $200 and is available now for a $99 pledge. Personally, I think any company with a design department should consider sponsoring this project. Why not make the job of your designers easier? (Oh, wait, was that too logical for work? ;P

Check it out!

[Final note: The URL for the product is which currently redirects to the KickStarter campaign. Smart move.]

(Source: The Awesomer)

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