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Sensors 2014, 14(7), 11943-11956; doi:10.3390/s140711943
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A Low-Cost Real Color Picker Based on Arduino

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Received: 18 March 2014; in revised form: 2 July 2014 / Accepted: 3 July 2014 / Published: 7 July 2014
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract: Color measurements have traditionally been linked to expensive and difficult to handle equipment. The set of mathematical transformations that are needed to transfer a color that we observe in any object that doesn’t emit its own light (which is usually called a color-object) so that it can be displayed on a computer screen or printed on paper is not at all trivial. This usually requires a thorough knowledge of color spaces, colorimetric transformations and color management systems. The TCS3414CS color sensor (I2C Sensor Color Grove), a system for capturing, processing and color management that allows the colors of any non-self-luminous object using a low-cost hardware based on Arduino, is presented in this paper. Specific software has been developed in Matlab and a study of the linearity of chromatic channels and accuracy of color measurements for this device has been undertaken. All used scripts (Arduino and Matlab) are attached as supplementary material. The results show acceptable accuracy values that, although obviously do not reach the levels obtained with the other scientific instruments, for the price difference they present a good low cost option.
Keywords: color; colorimetry; Arduino; Matlab color; colorimetry; Arduino; Matlab
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Agudo, J.E.; Pardo, P.J.; Sánchez, H.; Pérez, Á.L.; Suero, M.I. A Low-Cost Real Color Picker Based on Arduino. Sensors 2014, 14, 11943-11956.

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Agudo JE, Pardo PJ, Sánchez H, Pérez ÁL, Suero MI. A Low-Cost Real Color Picker Based on Arduino. Sensors. 2014; 14(7):11943-11956.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Agudo, Juan E.; Pardo, Pedro J.; Sánchez, Héctor; Pérez, Ángel L.; Suero, María I. 2014. "A Low-Cost Real Color Picker Based on Arduino." Sensors 14, no. 7: 11943-11956.


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