Sunday, May 13, 2012

Tattoo / piercing artist embeds magnets in wrist to create strapless iPod nano watch

The sixth-generation iPod nano can double as a watch, and while there are straps to facilitate that sort of operation, there are some who would rather not deal with all that hassle, but just place the darn thing on their arm and have it stick there. It doesn't sound like it would work - unless you put magnets in your wrist, like Dave Hurban from Dynasty Tattoo in New Jersey.

That's right, Hurban, who is a fan of tattoos and body piercings, did the "operation" on himself. He pierced himself so he could embed four magnets in his wrist to hold iPod nano Touch. He calls the system “iDermal.”

It doesn't sound like anything that could be packaged and sold, however, as there is a lot of "do-it-yourself" required - and a lot of pain, probably.

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In case you think he custom-made the magnets, he didn't. Hurban said that in the body piercing world, these types of magnets are used quite often. He said, "Those magnets are actually called micro-dermal anchors, and in body piercing they are very common. The tops are actually just 5 millimeter magnetic tops."

In terms of the amount of pain, for someone that has done as many tattoos and piercings as Hurban had already done, it wasn't a big deal. He said, “It actually wasn’t as bad as I thought. It definitely is not the worst piercing I’ve ever done to myself [we shudder at the thought of what could be the most painful piercing he's ever done]. I was actually just very determined to do the piercing correctly."

For those wondering what Hurban will do when the seventh-generation iPod nano comes out, he said that he won't replace the magnets with a different design, even if the new one is larger or smaller than the current version. We wonder if he will stick to that if the nano is made so small that some or all of the magnets don't make contact.

Check out the video of the implantation of the magnets below. To be clear, if you don’t want to see any of the painful part, but just want to check out the results, skip to 1:28.

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