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Wanted: The Best Way to Make iPod Nano Into a Wristwatch

An exclusive first-look at two gadgets add-ons, ready for pre-order now.

Wanted: The Best Way to Make iPod Nano Into a Wristwatch

Ever since Steve Jobs pulled the new iPod Nano from his pocket last September, the race has been on to create the perfect band for turning the tiny little touchscreen into a wristwatch. Here’s the most well thought out solution we’ve seen yet, designed by Scott Wilson, head of MNML studio (and creator of the case for xBox Slim).

[Password: TikTok]

Wilson has the perfect background for the task: He was formerly the global creative director for Nike Watches. There’s two basic options: TikTok and LunaTik. TikTok allows you to readily snap in and snap out your nano. LunaTik is meant for someone that wants to transform it for watch use most of the time, with an aluminum case that bolts around the Nano.

What really distinguishes the band from others out there is how it the chassis leaves the Nano’s buttons exposed on the side, so that it really does become a watch. The charging slot on the side is also accessible so that you can easily attach the Nike+ plus chip on the side, making into a complete running watch. (The only downfall might be that you could easily forget that your Nano isn’t quite a watch — and thereby forget that it isn’t waterproof.)

You’ll notice that these designs look a mite more butch that most Nano bands. That’s because Wilson chose to play off the tough, industrial detailing of the Nano, rather than obliterating it with cuteness.

You can’t quite buy these just yet though — Wilson is producing them himself, and funding the effort through Kickstarter. For $25, you can pre-order TikTok (which will be $35 at retail); for $50 you get LunaTik (which will be $70 at retail). Wilson expects them to ship in about a month, just in time for Christmas.

Pre-order yours here.

About the author

Cliff is director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.