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Kickstarter spotlight: PodKit Watch

iPod Nano watch kits are nothing new…but how about a pocket watch kit? The PodKit Watch is just that, a case for the iPod Nano that is designed to look like – and work like – a pocket watch. It features a flip-open front cover, main case, and a chain attachment ring on the top. It’s made of aluminum, and there are two basic decor patterns available, each with several color options.

Updated: Also available is the ClipClok. While borrowing both the concept and naming scheme a bit from the LunaTik series‘ AnTik watch, it has several advantages over it. The ClipClok/PodKit project creator has more info on this in a comment below. 

I quite like the PodKit concept. All I keep thinking when I see it is what my grandfather would have said if he had been given such a “watch.” Pocket watches aren’t that common these days, but it actually makes sense as a basis for an MP3 player case. It makes more sense to have a Nano clipped to your pants when you’re actually using it for music, and it looks good sitting there.

Prices start at $69 for the PodKit, and that includes two chains (chain type varies depending on case design). The project has 24 more days to reach the last $60,000 of the $65,000 funding goal, so it desperately needs backers to succeed.

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Andreas Ødegård

Andreas Ødegård is more interested in aftermarket (and user created) software and hardware than chasing the latest gadgets. His day job as a teacher keeps him interested in education tech and takes up most of his time.

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3 thoughts on “Kickstarter spotlight: PodKit Watch

  • Hi Andreas,

    Thanks for the write up! Happy that you liked the PodKit Watch. I’ll be posting a project update soon!

    Regarding the ClipClok, I can see how it’s easy to mistaken it as a copy of the Antik. Yes, the naming convention seems similar (admittedly not a coincidence, but neither is Scott Wilson the first person to create brand names in this manner), but the ClipClok does a few things the Antik cannot. Aesthetics aside (I also love how Antik looks, but I wanted ClipClok to be less industrial and masculine), if you take a closer look at Antik, you’ll find that:

    1) Antik’s rear is not a working clip but rather an aluminum plate held in place w/ machine screws. Some nano watch kits, like the iWatchz line, use the nano’s spring clip to secure the nano to the band. ClipClok has a working spring clip, just like iPod nano.

    2) Antik has an exposed, protruding crown (the knob used to adjust and set the time). This prevents Antik from fitting into watch kits like the Hex, Linq, Paradox, or the Griffin slap bands. ClipClok’s crown is discreet and hidden. I haven’t revealed it yet, but ClipClok has another trick up it’s sleeve: the round watch movement is self-contained and completely removable. In the future, it would be able to snap into various other watch bodies. I’ll post an update on that soon.

    3) Antik’s glass crystal / window is thick, and rises above the Antik’s body by a millimeter or more. This results in a total stack up height taller than the 5.9 – 6.0 millimeter height of the nano’s body. This extra height prevents Antik from working with the Deckster.

    Overall, Antik has been designed especially and specifically to fit one nano watch band: the LunaTik, TikTok, and Lynx series.

    One more thing that ClipClok has that Antik doesn’t: a calendar function.

    Just wanted to clear that up :-) And yes, I desperately need backers to succeed! Totally misjudged the PR / marketing aspects… newbie mistake! Design, engineering, sourcing, and logistics is a relative walk in the park for me compared to the nightmare of modern PR (SEO / SEM / click ads… yikes!).

    Cheers!

    Simon

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    • Avatar of Andreas Ødegård

      Thanks for clearing that up! Compatibility with products made by others isn’t high on many manufacturers’ list of priorities, so I’m glad to see it’s high on yours!

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  • I just think it’s silly to artificially handicap a product to either:

    a) Force customers to become dependent on your particular universe of products
    b) Limit your potential market

    Exclusionary strategies are sometimes worth the risk if you believe you have some uniquely superior technology that you want to become the industry standard. Examples of these are Betamax vs. VHS, the various laser disc formats, HDVD vs. BluRay, etc.

    I wouldn’t even have needed to design the ClipClok if the Antik was designed ‘correctly’. I would have bought one!

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