has unveiled a service that may be of interest to iPod, iBook or PowerBook users who are looking to make more of a statement with their devices than they do already. The company offers
a custom coloring service
that decorates the exterior of your iPod or laptop with one of 24 different shades.
The company employs a patented color process that it describes as “a hybrid between the manufacturing and automotive painting industry,” which allows it to color any type of surface, including plastic or metal.
The two dozen hues ColorWare has come up with for iPods, iBooks and PowerBooks range from forest green Alpine to Caution, a bold shade of yellow; purple Prowler to blue Wet. There are a few colors in there that even defy conventional description.
According to the imagery provided on the Web site, ColorWare leaves the keyboards, trackpads and accessory ports of the iBook and PowerBook in their natural state, while the iPod’s navigational buttons are left untouched.
Prices start at US$49 for the iPod treatment. $399 gets you a colorized iBook or PowerBook (anything from a 12-inch iBook to a 17-inch aluminum-clad PowerBook G4 costs the same).
ColorWare has offered its services since 1999. It started out providing custom coloring for clients, and last year it began selling Dell desktop computers in custom colors. Now the company makes its own line of gaming PCs and laptops called Shark.