Today I read in the current issue of the Linux Magazin about a opensource colorimeter named ColorHug. It’s certainly something nice since first of all its opensource and also its noticeable cheaper then professional ones. Another plus point for me is that it works on Linux. Many probably wonder “What the heck is a colorimeter to begin with and why does it bother me?”. Well it’s not too complicated, a colorimeter is a device allowing you to calibrate your monitor so it shows the colors accurate. And why should you care? Since you want to view your pictures/videos even nearer to reality, and also it helps when you edit them. The ICC profile that gets generated by it can be used with Linux (well, to be expected, eh?), Windows and also Mac OSX.
The ColorHug itself is a small¬†accessory with the dimensions¬†32mm wide, 43mmm tall and 21mm deep. It gets connected via USB. Here are some pictures from ColorHug’s website to illustrate how it looks.
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The ColorHug is a lot faster then similar products and the good point is it’s open design, which allows for example picture or video editing software to integrate it.
Currently you can preorder the ColorHug for just¬†¬£48 (56,57‚ā¨ / 74,92$), its a 20% developer discount since the ColorHug probably have some bugs in the beginning. But due its open design and the possibility to upgrade firmware it no problem to fix possible problems later. If you order later the price is supposed to be¬†¬£60 (70,70‚ā¨ / 93,65$), so I suggest if you’re intrested, preorder now.
Please be aware that there are no OSX/Windows driver, users not using Linux can use the LiveCD or the Software included in Fedora 16 or later. For ordering and even more information please visit the ColorHug website.
The software and the firmware for ColorHug can be found on¬†https://gitorious.org/colorhug.