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Watch my nano: An early look at the LunaTik

A photo gallery of a pre-production LunaTik iPod nano watch conversion kit in action.
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By Jason D. O'Grady on
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This is the LunaTik watch kit, assembly involves loosening four screws to separate the frame then putting it all back together with your nano on the inside.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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The nano is only viable as a watch because of its subtle analog clock app. Unfortunately you can only choose between black and white faces. Apple needs to offer more clock skins and open it up to submissions from users.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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I mounted mine with the buttons on the right. Here you can see the sleep/wake button and the volume up and down buttons
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The strap is made from high-quality silicone and if you've never seen it made, you should. Check out the LunaTik manufacturing video, (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1104350651/tiktok-lunatik-multi-touch-watch-kits/posts/44218) the band part starts at about the 04:40 mark.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Another shot of the right side of the LunaTik with a slightly better view of the hex screws that hold everything together.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Excess wrist strap material is held down by attaching it to an innovate aluminum post. The post can be moved to support all strap lengths.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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When the display is off, it looks like a designer watch from Diesel or Guess.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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A view of the left side where you can see the headphone port of the iPod nano.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Another view with the house lights off.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Top view of the LunaTik with the black-faced clock app.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Again, the right side (a.k.a. the top) of the iPod nano.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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This right side view shows off the LunaTik's sand-blasted aluminum finish.
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Another top view running the clock app.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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The iPod nano's Fitness app is particularly well-suited for wrist applications and feels right at home on your wrist.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Podcasts are also well-suited for for the iPod nano (well, duh!) and work great on the wrist.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Most earbuds (like Apple's) will fit fine inside the LunaTik's opening. I used it with a pair of ER4's from Etymotic Research. The connector just fits but its black cable and right-angle connector look extra slick.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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All of the dock connector cables I tested worked with the LunaTik, including four different third-party models.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Gratuitous top shot 1 shows off the LunaTik's straight and industrial lines.
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Gratuitous top shot 2 is pretty much the same as shot 1. Can you guess the album artwork? (*answer in the next slide caption).
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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The nano's clip shows through the bottom of the case, as you can see in this shot. (Album artwork from previous caption is Stone Temple Pilot's self-titled 2010 release).
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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From this angle the iPod nano is a little more distinguishable.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Here you see the headphone and dock connector ports, and yes, I broke the head off the top hex screw. Everything still held together tight and I'm told that the problem has been addressed in the screws that come with the production watches.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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Great top shot and the picture I chose to go with the story.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.
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This is my music screen, but it's relegated to my fourth home screen. On my first are: Podcasts, Audiobooks, Playlists and Now Playing. Thanks for clicking through my gallery, please post a comment under the story with your thoughts on the LunaTik or just the concept of an iPod as a watch in general.
See Jason D. O'Grady's full report in the Apple Core blog.

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