If you're tired of waiting on Apple to come out with its rumored iWatch, you might want to consider a new 3D printable wrist band that can enable an iPod Nano to take on many of the same tasks.
The printable wrist band, designed by University of Edinburgh design graduate Stewart Davies, was designed for Apple's sixth generation iPod Nano and is made from a flexible thermoplastic filament called Ninjaflex.
The iPod Nano wrist band.
"I'm a product design graduate who studied in Edinburgh with a mind for destroying perfectly good products and using them to make other reasonably good products," Davies wrote on his webpage on 3D design site MyMiniFactory.com.
An iPod will fit "snugly" inside the wrist band, offering easy access to the buttons and audio port. The band also includes a double lock system to ensure the iPod Nano doesn't fall out.
The iPod Nano wrist band takes from 65 to 70 minutes to print out.
The iPod Nano wrist band can be printed in a number of colors.
Like other CAD designs in the 3D printing online universe, the wrist band file is free to download. Or Davies will print one out for you for $9.99.
If you don't have access to your own 3D printer, some retailers such as Staples and service providers, such as UPS, allow customers access to them on site.
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