I absolutely love how the finish has been worn off on the iPhone and Canon camera posted by Remy Labesque on frogdesign's Design Mind blog. In his article, titled "Aged to Perfection," Labesque makes the intelligent point that
...Consumer products are 'new' for a very brief moment when they are first removed from the packaging, but spend the great majority of their useful lives as 'used' products in the process of decay.... Aging with dignity is a criteria designers should recognize in their efforts. I'm thinking of a future when products are designed not for the brief moment when they are new, but for when they have been aged to perfection.
Hear hear. And until that day comes, the "physically-worn tech objects" thing is begging for a Flickr page.