Virtual skin for the iPhone

Gelaskins for the iPhone include downloadable desktop wallpaper so the screen can match.

Candace Lombardi
In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet, Silicon.com, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.
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Gelaskins on iPod Nano.
Gelaskin on iPod nano. Candace Lombardi/CNET News.com
Gelaskins offer matching desktop wallpaper to go with skins. Candace Lombardi/CNET News.com
Gelaskins on iPhone
Gelaskins are now available for the iPhone. Candace Lombardi/CNET News.com

NEW YORK--Another new iPod, another new chance for accessory makers to try something new.

As you know, CNET has been a fan of the Gelaskins. The company continues to deliver on its that's-so-simple -and-probably-cheap-to-make -why-didn't-I-think-of-it, yet practical and inexpensive vinyl protectors.

Yes, Gelaskins seems to be a one-trick pony. But you know what? It works.

The vinyl iPod, laptop and now iPhone protecting art that the company was showing at DigitalLife 2007 now comes with free desktop wallpaper to match.

The corresponding desktop art is downloadable from the Gelaskins Web site.

The "Steampunk" Gelaskin by Colin Thompson closely resembles the mysterious Antikythera Mechanism.