We love, we want, we need this.

If you’re always on the lookout for colours, fonts and bits and pieces from the world around you to inspire your latest project, this nifty gadget is going make you all weak at the knees.

The work of Royal College of Art design student Fiona O’Leary, Spector is a handheld scanner that captures fonts and colours at the push of a button and beams them to your computer.

For typeface junkies, Spector is the ultimate font detector. When you hover it above a piece of text and tap, it will instantly take a photo and use special algorithms to check the font against a database to identify it.



It will then send the information about your coveted font to programmes on your computer like Indesign, Pages and Word via a plugin. It can even tell you details like the size, kerning and leading of the font in question, and direct you to where you can buy it.

With Spector in hand, the world is pretty much now your colour palette. By using the same hovering and pressing motion, Spector catch a colour from any object and show you its specific CYMK, RGB or Pantone value. No more fiddling around with colour dials to try and get a perfect match.

Spector is just a prototype for now, and there’s no word on whether O’Leary plans to put it on the market. You can read more about this and her other projects here.