One of the main reasons we're such big fans of the PC (as in, Windows- and Linux-based boxes) is because they're so easy to service and upgrade. That isn't necessarily true for many mobile devices, and it's certainly a concession you have to make with most Apple products, including the new iPod Nano. Our friends at iFixIt carved into a 7th generation iPod Nano like a Halloween pumpkin and found both tricks and treats inside.
If you picked up a first generation iPod Nano back before it went mainstream, it’s time to turn your drawers upside down and find yourself a shipping box before it explodes. Almost 6 years after it was introduced, Apple is finally expanding its battery recall program beyond Korea, and is offering everyone a free trade up to the new design. Why wait so long you ask? According to an Apple spokesperson, the likelihood of a problem increases as the battery ages.
Sure, the new iPod Nano has a smaller screen with multi-touch support and a higher pixel density than previous versions, but unlike the 5th gen version it's replacing, the latest Nano doesn't have a built-in camera or recorder. For $35, you can put these features to use by making a headcam to record your outrageous stunts.
All you have to do is plug your old iPod Nano into Rampant's View case and you've got a helmet camera ready to be strapped to your head. For mission critical applications, you can do a lot better, but given the price, we're at least intrigued with what Rampant is offering.
Check out a couple of sample videos of the Rampant View in action here and here.
Okay, come on. You knew this was going to happen. No sooner did Apple announce a new version of the iPod Nano that looks vaguely like a watch, than users started thinking about using it as a watch. Now a company called iLovehandles has released a product to fill the need. Behold the "Rock Band". While we may question the utility of the product, you can't argue with the genius of that name. Although, the Harmonix people might have a problem with it.
For a mere $19.99, you can get a watch band that has the appropriately sized divot for the Nano to fit snugly into. The iPod is obviously sold separately. The PMP has a clip on the back, and can be set to display a clock each time it is woken up. It looks a little big for a watch, but honestly, we expect to see people actually doing this. Are you cool with this, or is it just another sign that people have too much time on their hands?