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Color Cube Matches, Inspires, Explores

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Product developers in Australia say they have created a tech tool to inspire designers and artists, match paint colors, and more.

The SwatchMate Cube allows users to capture the colors around them and expand their color repertoire.

The small portable cube uses an embedded light source and color sensor to make a swatch of any surface or object placed underneath it, according to SwatchMate, based in Melbourne.

SwatchMate Cube
Images: © SwatchMate

The SwatchMate Cube reportedly uses an embedded light source and color sensor to make a swatch of any surface or object placed underneath it.

The Cube then sends the swatch via Bluetooth Low Energy directly to a smartphone. If a smartphone is not in range, the cube can store up to 20 color swatches and sync to the smartphone once Bluetooth connectivity is re-established, according to product literature.

Color Capabilities

It’s possible to match colors to major paint brands and color libraries; to capture colors for later inspiration; to transfer real-world color into Adobe Photoshop; and other applications, the developers say.

The Cube was designed to detect the color of “virtually anything,” according to product details.

Makers of the Cube have received accolades for the innovation, including winning a 2013 Melbourne Design Award for the prototype.

Crowd Funding

A Kickstarter crowd-funding campaign for the product ended on Dec. 20, 2013, and raised nearly double the $55,000 funding goal. Donors were among the first to get their hands on the color tool.

SwatchMate Cube

The developers say the product could cost $120 when it is introduced to consumers.

Those who missed out on the Kickstarter batch and who are interested in receiving the Cube in July 2014 can donate to the Indiegogo campaign, which ends at 11:59 PT on Feb. 19. The company will ship internationally.

SwatchMate founders told Mashable they are looking to make the product available to consumers by June 2014.

Though an exact price point hasn’t yet been reached, the developers indicate it may be sold for $120.

Swatchmate is a product development studio founded by three university pals—Paul Peng, Djordje Dikic & Rocky Liang—who studied electronics together.


Tagged categories: Aesthetics; Architects; Coatings manufacturers; Color; Color + Design; Color matching; Design; Designers; Interior design; Painters; Smartphones

Comment from Tom Schwerdt, (2/19/2014, 9:14 AM)

Awesome! I definitely want one! Any idea what size the port is, and calibration details?

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