Find precise paints and color codes with this $74 sensor – Engadget

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Whether you work in design or have a keen eye for aesthetics, you probably know that every little detail counts. This may be especially true for color. Wall paint, upholstery hues and even the shade of your tile or brick can determine how seamless — or off-putting — an interior space looks. So if you’ve ever wished Photoshop’s handy eyedropper tool existed in real life, this Nix Mini Color Sensor V2 might fit the bill.

Ideal for contractors, decorators and hobbyists, the Nix Mini can scan and identify colors on a broad range of surfaces and matches them to over 100,000 hues, including brand name paints. On sale now for $74 during our Spring Refresh sale, this tool can help you find precise matches for professional remodels and personal projects alike.

This pocket-sized gadget is calibrated out of the box and features a simple setup. Simply sync the device to the Nix Paints and Nix Digital app on Android or iOS via Bluetooth. Then, you can scan all sorts of surfaces, from walls and plastic items to leather, fabric, vinyl and more. The Mini blocks ambient light, and Nix claims the sensor gathers precise readings every time.

Need to find a paint color? Nix Paints automatically references your scans across a vast database of hues, including options from brands such as Benjamin Moore, Dulux, Farrow & Ball and Sherwin Williams. Alternatively, digital artists could match readings to CMYK, HEX, LAB and sRGB codes. This could make the Nix Mini an everyday carry item if you love using your surroundings as inspiration. You may even share your finds with friends, clients and coworkers.

With so many creative variables in design and DIY, it’s nice to know that perfectly matched hues are attainable, at least when getting your shades right. The Nix Mini Color Sensor V2 is on sale for $84, but you can save $10 during our Spring Refresh sale using code SPRING10 at checkout, dropping the price to $74.

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