Touch Diamond Adam Lein Edition


The HTC Touch Diamond is one of the most attractive Windows Mobile phones ever. Even the angled cut plastic body matches the “Diamond” theme and it looks great. But I’m kind of tired of black, so in following my old UDA wishlist from 2003, I decided my Touch Diamond should change colors by itself.

So here it is, the Touch Diamond Adam Lein Edition with color shifting technology!

How does one achieve this effect you might ask? Here’s an explanation of the color shifting technology from Wikipedia:

The effect is achieved by interfering with the reflection and refraction of light from the painted object’s surface. The paint contains tiny synthetic flakes about one micrometer thick. The flakes are constructed of aluminum coated with glass-like magnesium fluoride embedded in semi-translucent chromium. The aluminum and chrome gives the paint a vibrant metallic sparkle, while the glass-like coating acts like a refracting prism, changing the apparent color of the surface as the observer moves around. Interestingly, ChromaFlair paints contain no conventional absorbing pigments, rather it is a “light interference pigment”: the color we observe is created entirely by the refractive properties of the flakes (analogous to how we perceive rainbow colors in oil slicks).

And it’s absolutely gorgeous! As an added bonus, fingerprints are less visible as well.

Special thanks to Raj of Brendan’s Auto Body.

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Adam Z. Lein
Adam has had interests in combining technology with art since his first use of a Koala pad on an Apple computer. He currently has a day job as a graphic designer, photographer, systems administrator and web developer at a small design firm in Westchester, NY. His love of technology extends to software development companies who have often implemented his ideas for usability and feature enhancements. Mobile computing has become a necessity for Adam since his first Uniden UniPro PC100 in 1998. He has been reviewing and writing about smartphones for since they first appeared on the market in 2002. Read more about Adam Lein!