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The Color of Anything

One new idea for every day in 2011. We're talking big, small, local, international, in action and on the drawing board. Here's today's -- what's yours?

With the help of 80 Flickr photos and a simple algorithm, Fung Kwok Pan can tell you the color of anything.

The Singapore-based artist launched a website in which participants enter a term -- "Phoenix" in the case above -- and within seconds, the site aggregates image data from a small collection of the online photos tagged with that term, and condenses and averages their color information.

He writes that the project is "an attempt at answering a potentially complex and abstract question in an objective manner, by using simple algorithms on data originating from subjective human perceptions."

See the colors of a few more items below and try a few of your own on the Color of ... website.






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