Wired’s how-to Wiki ran an article about installing homebrew apps on your Nintendo DS, describing how to install and use Colors, a really pro-looking sketch application. It seems like such a simple application, but its capabilities as a sketch tool (in the hands of someone with artistic talent) are stunning. It uses the pressure sensitivity of the DS touch screen to control the stroke width, much like how you might use an expensive Wacom tablet, except completely portable.

Running homebrew apps on your DS is about as simple as purchasing a compatible flash cartridge, so there’s nothing too intimidating about using (and maybe developing) some of the great applications that are available from independent developers.

Hack a Nintendo DS to Make an Awesome Digital Sketchbook [via LifeHacker]

2 thoughts on “Colors: Nintendo DS homebrew paint application

  1. This is a great post detailing voter interaction with the election. I think that this election is so much different than those previous because of the technological advances that we’ve achieved, especially over the past few years. This post focuses on election day, but I would also like to see how you think technology changed the way this election was run, as you mentioned that you’ve “been really interested in how the current state of web technology, survey data, online conversation and public information would be merging together into web applications and utilities for the growing digital electorate.”

    It is amazing that there are so many different ways to track the election. Between real time election results, live updates, and maps to polling places, it would be hard not to stay updated on (or at least hear about) the progress throughout the day. I applaud your combining of different methods of election day following into one concise post, because it, along with all other things that our society loves, is convenient and efficient. I was also impressed that, like you mentioned at the beginning, you were able to write this “aside from the politics, opinions, and issues involved in this election.” There are a number of ways to keep up with the election that are partisan (The Official Obama iPhone app) and you were able to pick methods that stayed away from that (’s video even mentions that they are non-partisan). I do, however, wonder how you think all of these ways are going to affect the voting. Do you think that more people are going to be following the election and voting because there are more ways to do it now (rather than having to watch TV)? Keep up the great work!

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