We've heard of bamboo- and wood-covered computers, keyboards, and even cell phones, but cameras? This is the first I've seen of them and they look gorgeous.
Aki-Asahi Custom Camera Coverings has created camera skins for the new Fujifilm Finepix x100, a popular new camera that brings a retro look with modern features. There are many kits for sale with different materials for the skins but the one that interests us the most is the wood, and for a couple of reasons.
First, most of the other skins offered are, well, skin. They're leather from cows (some of which is made to look more exotic like croc or lizard), and for the vegans among us or those who don't support using animal products as fashion accessories, leather isn't exactly acceptable. It could possibly be synthetic, but we aren't 100% sure. However, wood isn't as much a problem.
The two types of wood offered are walnut and cherry. These can both be harvested sustainably (though whether or not this company does so is unclear). We'd love to also see a bamboo option as bamboo is one of the most sustainable woods around.
The other reason we dig the wood covers is that there is something enduring about wood -- something timeless about it that could help make the gadget it covers feel more like an heirloom item and therefore be cared for or kept longer.
As Gizmodo points out, "if you happen to scratch or dink the hell out of your camera, instead of looking beat up, it'll look like an antique cabinet with a fine patina."
When it comes to gadgets, we tend to love shiny and new -- unless it is covered in character, which wood casings provide.
The Finepix X100 is already an awesome little camera, but this makes it all the more unique and vintage-looking.
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