Spector - Ultimate Font Finder Gadget To Detect Typeface

Posted: Jul 8 2016, 11:49pm CDT | by , in News | Technology News


Spector - Ultimate Font Finder Gadget to Detect Typeface

    We often take close look at designs and typefaces to detect a font that looks great. Even many of us take photos of an inspired design with a beautiful typeface. But taking a photo of something is a lot different than incorporating the typeface in your own design. Well, we always had difficulties in detecting the typeface we need. Finally, the solution to this problem has arrived thanks to a prolific invention by a college student in London. Fiona O'Leary, the mastermind behind the new font finder device is a student at the Royal College of Art. He developed a prototype referred as Spector which is capable to capture any typeface and color shade in the simplest manner possible.

    For instance, if you like a font used in a subway map or in a commercial advertisement or find an interesting color shade, this device can quickly take note of it and help you to detect them from the reference resources or just copy them. By using this device you can capture that font and then upload the font into Adobe InDesign. Spector grabs a photo of the typeface and by using an algorithm it translates the image into specific information about the fonts and symbols contained in it. It makes detecting typeface simpler than ever.

    Any creative person will agree to the situation when coming across a sign or font, he falls in love to that but just cannot detect the particular font type. Often such people succumb to the impossibility of detecting the font as it involves a lot of research. This impressive gadget invented by a student finally can offer the conclusive reply to this problem.

    How does Spector work?

    At first, it seemed really hard to believe that such a small high-tech gadget can so easily detect a font type and find it easy to reuse it in any design projects. Let us have a look at how you can utilize this device to detect fonts and use them when you need.

    • The device connects to the computer via Bluetooth and delivers instant results on your computer screen.
    • All you need is to hold Spector over any real-world design or typeface followed by pressing the top button, and allowing the interior camera capturing the typeface in vivid details.
    • Moreover, you can also save color shades and typefaces in the same device. This allows you to capture anything on the road.

    What Spector is Capable of doing and what it is made of? 

    Spector is a fully featured typeface and a color detector that fulfills your wishes in grabbing any new font and color shade from any design in your surroundings. Though it has been only launched as a prototype already it showed huge promise with versatile abilities. Let us have a look at some of the capabilities Spector offers.

    • Just by pressing the button on top sample texts or colors can be captured by the macro lens and save it in an online archive.
    • The uniqueness of Spector is that it is a fully featured font identification gadget, not just another tool. 
    • Spector at present can recognize 7 different families of fonts besides being capable of detecting typeface size and elements like kerning, and leading.
    • Spector in its small orange unit is equipped with an integrated camera that is capable of connecting to adobe’s Indesign through a plugin via Bluetooth.
    • For the, on the go exploration of designs and typefaces, it can also save data that you can retrieve anytime.

    The Promise Ahead

    Typeface piracy is being widely regarded as a big problem and major drawback for Spector. Though the device has already been unrolled as a prototype and we do not know when it is going to be available in the market, licensing and piracy issues will continue to bug it. As for using it as an educational tool, the promise of Spector seems really enormous.

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The Author

<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/54" rel="author">Keval Padia</a>
Keval Padia is a Founder & CEO of Nimblechapps. He is a Mobile App Developer, with acute knowledge of Mobile App Design and User Experience Design. His vision is to become the best mobile development company, which can transform people's idea into fully functional application at a very affordable price.




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