Strapping your iPod Nano to your wrist via band is so yesterday, at least that’s the case for Dave Hurban and his iDermal.
What the tattoo artist has done with his iPod Nano, or rather what he has done to his body to carry his iPod Nano, has made him an overnight internet celebrity.
The man has self-implanted magnets into his arm so that he could carry the Apple media player without ever using something like this:
He calls it the iDermal and credits Jason Williams as the “Prototype Engineer” for this project. Take a look at the end result:
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Some, however, are calling it a dumb idea:
“No wonder other countries think we’re stupid. Its like you guys are all starving while we put iPods in our bodies.” #iDermal
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In reality, people have been putting metal into their bodies for a long time. Technically, these magnets Hurban inserted into his skin are called microdermal anchors.
In an interview with NBC, he defends his decision, calling it something ordinary and has been done before.
“Microdermal anchors are a very common piercing in today’s society. They’re mostly done on girls, on the hips, the collar bones and the back dimples. All I did was instead of having a jewel top I used a magnetic top,” he told the news organization.
According to him, he did it because he wanted a strapless watch. Talking about how the project started, he said: “I saw the picture and thought it was awesome. I saw it had a clock interface and I was like wow, that’s amazing. I did it for myself. Over everything else I did it because I wanted a strapless watch.”
He’s also proud of what he calls his invention. “I invented the strapless watch with a project called iDermal,” the 21-year-old boasted.
Hurban also documented how he performed surgery on his arm to insert iDermal. Literally, he punched four holes into his skin to hold the microdermal anchors in place.
He then stuck four metal contact points onto his sixth-generation iPod Nano for it to stick to the magnets.
Asked if he cares about the sixth-generation iPod Nano being replaced by a new model by Apple, possibly leading to his iDermal becoming obsolete if the next iPod Nano had a chassis different from the current version, he says that he doesn’t care.
Take a look at how iDermal iPod Nano holder came to be. Don’t watch the video if you’re very squeamish though.