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The Cronzy Pen can draw with all the colours of the rainbow

High-tech drawing tool on Indiegogo claims it can detect and replicate 16 million colours.

The Cronzy Pen has built-in scanner that works like a real-life eyedropper tool, enabling you to detect the exact shade of an object’s colour. However, Cronzy also claims it can synthesise these colours using ink cartridges built into the pen, so you can doodle in any of 16 million different shades!

Colour scanners are nothing new in themselves, with Pantone’s handheld Capsure device able to accurately match over 11,000 shades against its famous colour chart. But it’s larger than a smartphone and retails for a hefty £495/$650. Cronzy, which is currently running an Indiegogo campaign, says its pen will be a conventional size and will retail for around $180 (about £140) when it goes into mass production in May 2017.

“We want our pen to become the essential tool for every designer and digital artist, and to be found on the desk of every creative agency across the globe,” explains Alex Leonets, Cronzy’s CEO.

The Cronzy Pen can replicate colours using a built-in scanner
The Cronzy Pen can replicate colours using a built-in scanner

It’s Cronzy’s ability to mix its own coloured inks that is truly extraordinary. If you’re getting a whiff of vapourware, we don’t blame you for being sceptical, but the manufacturer has shown off a fully-working prototype of its device. It utilises solenoid valves and a computer algorithm to replicate colours by mixing CMYKW ink.

Not sure what that means? The letters stand for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key (black) and White, which are the base colours that have been blended to make every other hue in the spectrum by traditional printers for years. It’s early days for the Cronzy, with a lot of unanswered questions, but colour us curious.