Technology has made some amazing advances in recent years. The print industry has always been a tech-centered culture so it’s only natural that we get excited for new printing and design concepts. Here are some of our favorite new technology concepts from recent weeks:
1. The RGB Color-Sensing Pen or ”Color Picker” by Jinsun Park
It’s only a concept right now but this would be an amazing tool for designers and artists. Choosing the correct colors for a project is an art that takes years to learn and even longer to perfect. This device would allow the user to “scan” or “sense” an object and make an exact replica of its color by mixing ink from the contained RGB tanks. A further improvement to this design is the ability to change the opacity of the ink for smoother color transitions. This device isn’t exactly print technology, but the idea of sensing and instantly replicating a color could be very helpful in color-matching print projects as well.
3. RGB Spray Paint
This spray paint can would also create a wide spectrum of colors by mixing wells of RGB inks. This could be used for a number of construction and artistic endeavors. Color-coding building areas would become extremely easy. Artists who use spray cans would only have to carry one can to achieve any color they need. Hopefully the ink wells would be refillable so the product would qualify as eco-friendly. Once again, this is only a concept design right now.
2. The CMYK Pen by Roma Lyubimov and Sergey Safronov
We often deal with transitioning on-screen RGB colors to CMYK colors for printing. This pen does not include the “color-sensing” ability of the RGB pen above, but it’s nice to see the other ink spectrum represented in such a useful format. This pen could be very helpful in making notes on test-prints as well as understanding how the CMYK colors will react on new substrates.
4. The Leitfaden Sewing Machine by Monika Jakubek and Anna Müller
Sewing enthusiasts rejoice! With this concept, carrying a massive box of assorted-color spools would not be necessary. The machine could scan the color you need from an object or color swatch and dye the thread to match. Finding the correct thread has always been difficult and expensive. It’s rare to get an exact color match unless you place a custom order. This machine would only require ink and opaque thread, saving you time and money.