Advanced Bionics, Skinit Offer Personalized Skins--for Cochlear Implants

In an interesting twist on the popularity of personalized "skins" and covers for electronic items, Valencia-based Advanced Bionics announced today that it has partnered with San Diego-based Skinit to apply the technology to cochlear implants. Advanced Bionics said that its devices, used to help people with poor hearing, can be customized with favorite colors, sports teams, and works of art, or event a user's uploaded graphics. Financial details of the partnership between the companies was not disclosed. Advanced Bionics previously offered about 20 different colored covers for the firm's devices, but no custom covers. SkinIt's personalized skins have previously been used for laptops, MP3 players, cell phones, and other electronics.