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An Innovative Pen That Lets You "Borrow the Colors Around You"

Familiar with the Photoshop tool called the eye dropper, which gives an artist the power to pull colors from any background? Mashable recently shared a product called the Scribble Pen that brings that color-matching ability to the real world, using a sensor and advanced internal ink-mixing technology.

As demonstrated in the promo video above, Scribble Pen users press a button while the top of the pen is pressed against an object. When the RGB sensor picks up on a color, the "smart micro pump" inside the pen combines lightfast, water-resistant inks to match what the sensor sees. Then, the ink flows from one of the pen's three available tips. The device is rechargeable and has an advertised battery life of around seven hours. Another model, the Scribble Pen Stylus for tablets, lasts up to 15 hours.

As Mashable and CNET point out, there was a bit of controversy surrounding the technology when it first surfaced back in 2014. After its initial launch on Kickstarter, disgruntled backers learned that they had supported a project that only existed as a concept. Kickstarter gave the team behind Scribble 24 hours to produce a video that showed a working prototype. They declined and moved the project to another crowdfunding site called Tilt. There, they were met with the same criticism and the campaign was canceled. Scribble managed to raise over $594,000 before the cancelations, according to Mashable, but the backers were refunded.

According to information on Scribble's website, the company now has working products to offer—but some are still cautious. "I'm going to remain skeptical until I try one out myself," Mashable product analyst Raymond Wong wrote. "The Scribble Pen sounds amazing, but I've been let down by too many cool ideas that are just that, a cool idea."

You can pre-order the Scribble Pen for $249 and the Scribble Pen Stylus for $119 on the company's site.

Banner image via Scribble on YouTube

[h/t Mashable]

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Inside This Pop-Up Book Are a Planetarium, a Speaker, a Decoder Ring, and More
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Designer Kelli Anderson's new book is for more than just reading. This Book Is a Planetarium is really a collection of paper gadgets. With each thick, card stock page you turn, another surprise pops out.

"This book concisely explains—and actively demonstrates with six functional pop-up paper contraptions—the science at play in our everyday world," the book's back cover explains. It turns out, there's a whole lot you can do with a few pieces of paper and a little bit of imagination.

A book is open to reveal a spiralgraph inside.
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There's the eponymous planetarium, a paper dome that you can use with your cell phone's flashlight to project constellations onto the ceiling. There's a conical speaker, which you can use to amplify a smaller music player. There's a spiralgraph you can use to make geometric designs. There's a basic cipher you can use to encode and decode secret messages, and on its reverse side, a calendar. There's a stringed musical instrument you can play on. All are miniature, functional machines that can expand your perceptions of what a simple piece of paper can become.

The cover of This Book Is a Planetarium
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Japanese Artist Crafts Intricate Insects Using Bamboo
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Noriyuki Saitoh

Not everyone finds insects beautiful. Some people think of them as scary, disturbing, or downright disgusting. But when Japanese artist Noriyuki Saitoh looks at a discarded cicada shell or a feeding praying mantis, he sees inspiration for his next creation.

Saitoh’s sculptures, spotted over at Colossal, are crafted by hand from bamboo. He uses the natural material to make some incredibly lifelike pieces. In one example, three wasps perch on a piece of honeycomb. In another, two mating dragonflies create a heart shape with their abdomens.

The figures he creates aren’t meant to be exact replicas of real insects. Rather, Saitoh starts his process with a list of dimensions and allows room for creativity when fine-tuning the appearances. The sense of movement and level of detail he puts into each sculpture is what makes them look so convincing.

You can browse the artist’s work on his website or follow him on social media for more stunning samples from his portfolio.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

Bamboo insect.

[h/t Colossal]

All images courtesy of Noriyuki Saitoh.

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