What surfaces can and can't be captured?

Pico can capture colors from most surfaces. Some of them include:

  • Plastic
  • Wood
  • Paper (matte and glossy)
  • Cardboard
  • Concrete and plaster (textured concrete is generally OK)
  • Painted surfaces (matte and glossy)
  • Fabric (except loosely woven fabrics, such as wool)
  • Powders (such as ground coffee)
  • Natural items (such as leaves, bark and skin)

Due to Pico's compact sampling area, you will be able to scan small surfaces or surfaces with intricate detailing which would be impossible to measure with other tools.

Pico uses an electronic light source and detector to read color, but some surfaces can't be captured very well. As a guide, these surfaces can be difficult to capture accurately:

  • Transparent objects (such as glass or clear plastic)
  • Liquids
  • Loose fabric (such as wool)
  • Metallic surfaces (such as car paint or jewellery)
  • Fluorescent surfaces (such as sticky notes)
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