We've seen this idea most prevalent amongst urban cyclists afraid of losing their two wheeled transportation to would-be thieves: camouflaging their expensive bikes with duct tape, haphazard paint jobs, aged sticker placement...anything to give their bikes an aged appearance to make them less desirable to would-be thieves. Here's the same idea applied to one of the most often swiped items from the tech realm, a digital camera strategically hit by the ugly stick...
Jimmie Rodgers Canon Powershot looks like it was picked out of the garbage, plastered with tape and faux scuff marks, which allowed him to carry and snap photos while traveling in known high-crime zones without losing it (he was in fact mugged, but only lost his cell phone and not the tape-adorned digital point and shoot). Of course, it helped that Jimmie was smart enough to dress the part of local instead of tourist while traveling across Brazil, thus decreasing his own visibility as a target amongst thieves. But this may be a great idea for iPhone and other mobile accessory makers to offer "uglified" cases to make our prized possessions not so prized by others.
Read about Jimmie's complete digital camera makeover at his blog, Jimmie's Project Journal.
[via Boing Boing]