The Nix Color Sensor - Batch 2

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Matthew Sheridan
Hamilton, Ontario
1 Team Member

You can still pick up your Nix at at a special price for a limited time only.

We have some new pictures from the first batch manufacturing process! We also have 300 extra being assembled so if you are one of the first 300 backers of this campaign you will actually receive your Nix Color Sensor much sooner!

All orders will also ship with a custom Nix microfiber carrying pouch, a custom flat USB charging cable, and a custom calibration card to allow for the automatic calibration of the 8 internal white LEDs.

Hello Friends! 

My name is Matthew Sheridan and I am the founder of Nix Sensor. After a crazy successful launch on Kickstarter we are now collecting funds for batch 2 of our award winning portable color sensor. 

We need your help to make Nix as great as it can possibly be. The more hands we can get Nix into the faster we can get feedback, fix bugs and most importantly add features! 

Below you can see some information from our original Kickstarter campaign. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask. You can contact me directly at and I'll try to get back to you as soon as possible. 


Matthew Sheridan

Our Original Kickstarter Campaign Video

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Check out our story on CHCH


Nix is a patent pending device that allows anyone to become a color expert. Just grab Nix from your pocket, purse, or bag, touch it to an object and magically watch the exact color appear on your iPhone or Android Phone (with Bluetooth 4.0 / BLE). Once scanned, you can keep palettes of your favorite colors, match the color to real life pigments, and even receive directions to the nearest store where you can purchase the color.

Nix is perfect for interior designers, graphic designers, model makers, makeup artists, hobbyists, photographers, fine artists, crafters, hackers, makers, museum curators, painters, landlords, and even… engineers…

Help support Nix and become a color expert today!

Our Story

We first came up with the idea for Nix™ while working with a few interior design friends. They thought that lugging around tote bags filled with paint decks was a huge pain in the butt and so did we! It’s the 21st century! We didn’t think it made a lick of sense that you should have to pay hundreds of dollars for a big bulky paint deck system that only worked with one company’s paints. To make the situation worse, this expensive “solution” was still greatly affected by ambient lighting conditions and human error. We discussed the idea of a product that could solve all of these problems and everyone we spoke to in the industry thought it was a great idea, but it never really got past much more than a design on the back of a napkin until the next major milestone in our story. 

Early drawings to final renders.

A colleague of ours was doing incredible work at a local hospital with burn victims and patients with other severe skin disorders. Her business was to consult with patients and manually create custom makeup that perfectly blended with the patients’ natural skin tones. Interestingly enough, at that moment she was actually looking for an accurate and inexpensive color sensor to remove the costly manual color matching routine from the procedure. It would revolutionize her business model while allowing her to help patients from all over the world. We thought this was a noble idea and it inspired us to start full time research and development on the product. There was just one problem: as recent engineering grads we didn't have the necessary funds to do the project justice. 

We decided to apply for an R&D grant to help get the ball rolling. It was a grueling process as every last detail of our business plan had to be scrutinized by government analysts. After two months of revisions we finally secured the funds! It was a ton of work, but looking back it was worth it just to come out with such a rock solid business plan. The grant allowed us to hire our first employee and set us into motion working our asses off doing science.  

The App

The App Can:

  • Save a scanned color to a swatch, with notes.
  • View a color in RGB, HSL, HSV, Lab, XYZ, HTML, or CMYK.
  • Convert the color to a multitude of media such as: interior wall paints, oil paints, makeup, watercolor, hobby paints, wood stain, automotive paint etc. 
  • After you have selected a particular media you can select a particular brand.
  • Get directions to the nearest store where you can buy the paint!

Our Mission/Values

Our mission is simple: supply a cutting edge, intuitive, scientific grade instrument to anyone who wants to become a color expert.

Our Team

Matthew Sheridan

Matthew Sheridan is a serial entrepreneur, sailor, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechatronics Engineering and Management. His hobbies include exploring advanced PCB manufacturing techniques, renewable energy systems, lithium polymer battery systems and watching documentary after documentary on YouTube when he should be sleeping. 

Andy Li

Andy Li is a third-year electrical engineering student at McMaster University, specializing in electronics and control systems. He is involved with the McMaster Solar Car Project, where he does design work for the battery and telemetry systems. In his spare time, he enjoys camping trips, video games, and making burnt offerings to the circuit gods.

James Strack

James Strack is a PhD student in Engineering Physics at McMaster University, specializing in nuclear safety and thermal hydraulics. He is also a technical advisor for the McMaster Solar Car Project, having previously participated as a driver and electrical systems leader for the team during the 2009 World Solar Challenge in Australia. In his spare time, James enjoys writing about himself in the third person, but is also an avid collector of vinyl records and an amateur photographer.

Innovation Factory

Innovation Factory helps advance Hamilton, Ontario’s innovation community.  They serve as an inspiring, expert resource for entrepreneurs.  They also foster connections across the community that accelerate growth for all.


The VentureStart program helps technology entrepreneurs in Southern Ontario by providing access to Business Skills Training as well as Business Launch Support to enhance their ability to launch and grow a new start-up venture.

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  • $10USD
    2 Vinyl Die Cut Nix Stickers

    A set of 2 super high quality vinyl die cut stickers for your laptop, lunchbox, textbook, car window, anything you can imagine :) See pic here:

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    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    Random Prototype

    You will receive a prototype circuit board or 3D printed enclosure from our lab. Up your geek street cred! Might be working, might not. But will come with lots of hackable parts :)

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    Early Bird Special (50% OFF!)

    Pledge early and receive 50% OFF the retail price of the Nix Color Sensor. (Please add $15 for shipping outside of Canada) Comes with everything included in the regular priced Nix Color Sensor.

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    Nix Color Sensor (30% OFF!)

    Receive 1 retail package consisting of: -The Nix Color Sensor -Carrying Pouch -Calibration Card -Flat USB Micro Cable (Please add $15 for shipping outside of Canada)

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    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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