It used to be that the kids wearing the hilariously large calculator wristwatches were the same ones you’d ask for the answer to number 8 on your math quiz. Needless to say, they weren’t the “cool” kids. However, leave it to Steve Jobs and Apple to turn something at the epitome of nerdy and make it, well… cool.
Last Wednesday when Jobs unveiled a bountiful slew of new Apple toys he surprised many with a tiny, square-shaped iPod Nano that incorporates the multi-touch interface that iOS users are oh so familiar with. From the moment the slides behind him showed the many functions of the device (including a full-screen analog clock) virtually everyone had the same thought: the iWatch is here!
Jobs himself got a laugh from the crowd when he mentioned that one of Apple’s board members was planning to sport the Nano on his wrist. Well, it didn’t take long for someone to hack together the very first iWatch, as this photo from 9 to 5 Mac shows. Chinese factories are undoubtedly molding Nano-friendly strap accessories at a frantic pace in order to fire those puppies out A.S.A.P., but the question remains – would you wear the iWatch?
The new Nano is bound to lead to many inspired hacks and inventions. Personally, I was reminded of MIT grad student David Merrill’s demo of “Siftables” – small blocks that are spacially aware enough to be used in new unique ways – by the juxtaposition of the Nanos in this Apple.com image. But we want to know: Is the iWatch a fashion do or don’t? Or what other hacks can you imagine for the tiny touches? Leave a comment and let us know!
(Via 9 to 5 Mac)