**This campaign was setup for people who missed out on Batch 1 Cubes following the huge media and backer interest in the last week of our Kickstarter campaign.
Batch 2 Cubes will include all Kickstarter stretch goals!
IMPORTANT NOTE: for those ordering from outside Australia, please select the international shipping option. This adds $15 (~$13USD) to your order. Your order may be delayed otherwise**
What is the SwatchMate Cube?
The Cube is a portable device that captures the color of any surface. Using Bluetooth, it sends the color data to your smartphone or directly into Photoshop.
Why did we build it?
We were tired of not being able to interact with beautiful colors from the world around us. So we set out to design a simple and accurate way to capture moments of color inspiration.
Who is the Cube for?
Designers and artists love and work with color. But we also wanted to make something for the little creative inside all of us. Never miss another moment of inspiration again.
What are some of the cool things the Cube can do?
The Cube is great for:
- Bringing real-world color straight into Photoshop
- Matching color to paint brands, right there in the app
- Color-grading photographs based on actual color readings
- Easy spot checks to ensure color consistency
- Helping fashion designers coordinate colorful textiles
- Ensuring that digital color assets pop when printed in the real world
- Reporting ambient temperature
- Reporting light intensity readings
We designed the Cube to be small, beautiful and easy to use. We also packed it full of features.
Using Bluetooth Low Energy, the Cube records color information on a paired iOS or Android smartphone. Relive moments of inspiration by organising your captured colors in categories.
NOTE: Android support requires Android 4.3 or later and a Bluetooth Low Energy-compatible smartphone
How does it work?
Inside the Cube there is (surprisingly!) a sphere. The sphere contains a light source and a color sensor, and has a small sample hole through which to capture color. A controlled sequence of light is shone on the surface, before being redirected back into the sphere toward the color sensor:
The Cube’s integrating sphere captures all color information. This lets the Cube capture the color of virtually anything, regardless of surface sheen.
What else can it do?
The Cube’s open ColorAPI makes it easy for developers and hackers to build all sorts of amazing color applications. The Cube can output colors in the RGB, CMYK and L*a*b* color spaces.
Progress so far
After winning several university awards for early prototypes, we went through countless design and engineering iterations driven by our focus on accuracy, simplicity and cost.
Initial bare-bones prototypes served as learning platforms for our color detection algorithms. Later prototypes improved the usability and aesthetics of our device.
By the start of 2013, we’d done enough to get accepted into the Melbourne Accelerator Program.
The Cube is now a final prototype. Bluetooth enabled, it pairs wirelessly to iOS and Android devices and outputs surface colors. We’ve also created an Adobe Photoshop extension that automatically changes the primary color based on new color samples taken by the Cube.
Meet the team!
SwatchMate is an Australian product development studio based out of Melbourne. Started by three university friends who studied Electronics together, we couldn’t be happier to grow our SwatchMate family to include the IndieGogo family.
We Cuben't have made it without the following amazing friends:
Timothy Hillier, Director - http://www.timothyhillier.com
Briana Davis, female artist
Harley McFanny, male designer
Karolina Partyka, expert party popper
Nadia, coffee making whizz
Motherbird Studio - Chris Murphy: http://motherbird.com.au
Luncheonette Cafe - Olivia: http://www.luncheonette.com.au
‘Blue Mural’ - Lucas Grogan: http://www.lucasgrogan.com
SwatchMate Cube Beta Testers:
Hungry Workshop - Simon & Jenna Hipgrave, Adam Flannery:http://thehungryworkshop.com.au
Rohan Workman (MAP manager), for being our first backer
Jeremy Kraybill (Dashcord), for being the definition of a mentor, and for prototyping the Cube’s Adobe and Android integration
Nicholas Lee D'Ademo, for making the Cube wireless and independent from smartphones. You are and always will be a champion!
James Sloss, for being the real designer behind the design of the Cube and our logo - you've taught us so much!
Melbourne Accelerator Program, for teaching us what it meant to run a business:http://map.eng.unimelb.edu.au
Mark Bergin & Lisa Grant (Design100), for your vision and support:http://www.design100.com/d100/
Stefan Backovic & Mazouk (DSB Australia), for lending a (spray painter's) hand when we needed it the most
Alex Roberts and Julia Lai-Kwon, for your endless patience and inspiration
Rudi Smith for his early mentoring and great engineering advice
Adrian and Rob Melbourne University Digitization Centre, for your endless enthusiasm about 3D printing
Thanks to all of our family and friends. We Cuben’t have done it without you!