Is that an iPod on your wrist?


As you might expect, there have been a multitude of products that have come to market in the past few months, all with the goal of allowing your iPod nano to do double duty as a wristwatch. The nano itself helps facilitate this with a setting that activates the clock feature on pushing the power button.

(Image Caption: The LunaTik.) While I’ve tried a few different iPod nano-wristwatch products, most of them are just not up to the task functionally and aesthetically. The one bright spot came from a company called WiMo Labs, which offers a .

Originally conceived as a KickStarter project seeking $15,000 to go into production, the company raised nearly a million bucks from customers eager to see a product made. I, of course, was one of those customers. The aesthetics are great, if a little bulky. (But, then, I tend to like large watches.) I’ve been using a LunaTik conversion kit to make my iPod nano a wrist device and here’s what I’ve learned.

In order to understand the idea of a nano on your wrist, it’s important to note where a device like this fits into the consumer-device form-factor taxonomy. Unlike devices that go into your laptop bag or even your pocket, wrist devices are invisible. These sorts of wearable devices will be ubiquitous relatively soon. And they will perform the delightful task of freeing up room for you to carry something else.

While I love the idea of a nano on my wrist, the current iteration leaves something to be desired. The nano is an good watch, feature wise. It has most features you might want including alarms, timers, chronographs, and the like. Unfortunately, like LED watches from the 1970’s, you have to press a button in order to use the watch. That grows old pretty quickly. It would be cool to see Apple create some sort of low-powered OLED display to allow the watch to display the time continuously.