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iPod Nano iWatch Concept Image Emerges

The iPod Nano is so tiny that it can apparently be used as a watch something that someone in Japan had the wonderful idea to add a watch strap to the new iPod Nano and call it watch.

Kei Ogikubo (opens in new tab) took the picture on the 2nd of September, hours after Steve Jobs officially launched the device, so it is a bit of a mystery as to how he managed to get his hands on the device.

Steve Jobs said at last week's event that one of Apple's directors was going to wear the iPod Nano as a watch, an easy task given that it has a clock and is a born-multitasker.

Expect a number of Chinese manufacturers to come up with a bewildering array of all sorts of straps for what could become the new Swatch in 2010. The iPod Nano comes in seven colours to choose from and all have a belt clip which should make it easy to change straps.

Obviously, the only few problems are that the iPod Nano is not waterproof yet, that it has a crappy battery life (compared to a normal watch) and that unlike its bigger brothers, it does not seem to come with the Corning Gorilla glass.

Still, it may well be the coolest watch on the market by the end of the year, one that can play music, display photos and play radio even if it can't do video or make phone calls.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.