Notebookcheck

Nintendo Switch: Transform the popular video games console into a drawing tool with Colors! Live and the Colors SonarPen

The Colors Live SonarPen has raised over US$200,000 on Kickstarter. (Image source: Jens Andersson)
The Colors Live SonarPen has raised over US$200,000 on Kickstarter. (Image source: Jens Andersson)
Colors! Live is arriving on the Nintendo Switch, and with a pressure-sensitive pen. The Kickstarter campaign has already garnered over US$200,000 in funding, while its creator hopes to ship orders to backers in August.
Alex Alderson,

The Nintendo Switch is getting its own version of Colors!, the popular painting app and game. Originally conceived for the Nintendo DS in 2007, Jens Andersson has since brought Colors! to multiple devices including the Nintendo 3DS. Now, Andersson has developed Colors! Live for the Nintendo Switch, which comes with a pressure-sensitive pen. Called the SonarPen, the pen derives its pressure sensitivity from the Switch's headphone jack. Andersson explains that the SonarPen works as follows: 

It is a half-meter cable that plugs into the audio jack, and technically it pretends to be a headset. So, in Colors, it actually plays a tone through the audio. A tone of about 8000 hertz goes through the cable to the tip of the pen. There is a resistor in there as well that dampens the tone depending on the amount of pressure that is applied to the tip of the pen. This vibration goes back to the Switch through the internal microphone of the pen, which measures the volume of the sound. That calculates the pressure used on the screen. So the touch is recorded by the screen as normal, but the pressure goes through that thing. It is an ingenious idea.

Andersson has taken to Kickstarter to fund Colors! Live for the Nintendo Switch, where it has already received almost SEK 2,000,000 (~US$216,000) from over 3,500 backers. The campaign has 24 hours left to run and has met its funding target of SEK 150,000 (~US$16,268).

Colors! Live and the SonarPen are available to order from Kickstarter for SEK 370 (~US$41) and upwards. Andersson hopes to ship to backers in August, 2020. There are multiple support levels too, including Patron and Super Patron.

Buy Nintendo Switch now on Amazon

(Image source: Jens Andersson)
(Image source: Jens Andersson)
static version load dynamic
Loading Comments
Comment on this article
Please share our article, every link counts!
> Notebook / Laptop Reviews and News > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2020 06 > Nintendo Switch: Transform the popular video games console into a drawing tool with Colors! Live and the Colors SonarPen
Alex Alderson, 2020-06-11 (Update: 2020-06-12)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor - @aldersonaj
Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.