As soon as the 6th generation iPod Nano was announced last September, many developers rushed to produce plastic and silicone rubber wristbands, enabling owners to convert their new touchscreen Nano into a wristwatch/iPod combo. The idea itself was ingenious, reminding me of a 2011 version of those old LCD calculator joints, but the execution for the most part? Not so much…
Until my eyes caught an article about this guy named Scott Wilson (MINIMAL). Wilson used to be the global creative director at Nike's watch department and started an interesting new project through crowd-funding platform kickstarter.com. The sum of 15,000 US dollars was needed from the online community to develop the conversion kits and have them available for retail, but instead they quickly ended up with almost a milli, making it official overnight. I didn't bother to even pledge at that point because I hate backorders, I figured I'll just support (and pay 20 bucks more) when the dust settled and they're readily available.
And here it is. What sets LunaTik apart from the rest is the execution: smart design, proper engineering and attention to detail, fully utilizing the Nano's features. Aside from acquisitive nature, I always need to have music with me while travelling or commuting, skateboarding or running, preferably without tangling of cables or struggles due to lack of inner pockets. Tucking the cable in your sleeve is great. I picked up the blackout version LunaTik and a graphite 16 gig iPod Nano to add to the never-ending collection of iPods.
Assembly was a breeze: Unscrew the mini hex screws (tools are included), insert iPod, fasten, fin. The silicone rubber strap (which you can swap out for any other 28mm strap) and clasp are nice and solid. Both sides of the anodized aluminum housing are left open for easy access to the sleep/wake and volume buttons on one side, and the headphone port and dock connector on the other. Since this Nano's hi-res display can be rotated by a simple touchscreen gesture, you don't have to sweat about orientation as a right or left-wrist watch wearer. The device can be set to wake at the push of a button to display either the iPod's functions or the watch dial in black or white face. 12 or 24 hour display is an option, and it has a stopwatch and timer-function as well. It would be nice if Apple offered more faceplate-options through future firmware-updates.
Also worth noting is the compatibility with the Nike+ sport kit. However, if you're big on using docks, it's recommended to check if the connector fits with the iPod while encased, you don't want to keep messing around with the screws and/or lose them (spare screws isn't a bad idea though). And last but not least, make sure that the jack from your headphones/in-ears fits, as you might run into fitting problems with wider headphone jack-housings. Their TikTok could be a good (and more affordable) alternative as it utilizes an open snap-in construction. As for me, I'm very content with this acquisition.