The other day, I saw the Hex Strap for the iPod Nano in action, and it looked pretty neat. The silicon strap seemed pretty sturdy enough and the design was simple but still somehow elegant. From a distance, the strap really did make the entire setup look like a watch.
Then I heard about The Paradox, which seems to be another cool option for those looking for Nano cases. It’s a new project by a guy called Kunal Sheth1, and it basically turns the iPod Nano into a watch – not much unlike the Hex Strap and every other similar piece of accessory out there. However, it seems that The Paradox is taking things to a different level but actually paying attention to some of the elements that watch enthusiasts like.
For one, instead of mere silicon or rubber, The Paradox makes use of a stainless steel enclosure – not just any kind of stainless steel, but the high quality kind. You can choose between the regular stainless steel finish or a black stainless steel finish. The thing is, the straps are still made of silicon, but they are interchangeable. I think it would have been better if the straps were made of steel as well, but that would probably have kicked the prices up considerably. As it is, Kunal is already looking for pledges to help him launch the project.
There is, however, a limited edition Titanium Paradox that has a leather strap. The pledge for this will cost $299, though. Compared to the $69 pledge for the regular kit, it is a bit pricey. Here’s a video to see more of The Paradox.
You can visit The Paradox pledge page if you want to participate.