A tattoo artist from Newfield, New Jersey, has taken his love for Apple products to a new level when he implanted four magnets into his arm to hold his iPod Nano in place without a strap.
Dave Hurban documented the process on video, naming the project ‘iDermal.’
The footage, set to the song ‘Boy’s Chore’ by the band ‘Youth Here,’ shows the 21-year-old man, whose arms and neck are covered in colorful tattoos, making holes on his left wrist and inserting four small, round magnets.
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No strings attached: Dave Hurban shows off his strapless watch after inserting magnets into his wrist
The result? The iPod clicks into place on Hurban’s arm, resembling a strapless watch.
Hurban told the tech website Digital Trends that the magnets, called micro-dermal anchors, are quite common in body piercing and are not that odd.
‘I took the ends of magnets and actually adhered them to the back of the iPod, and that’s how they click into my skin,’ he explained.
Viral: Hurban’s video showing the process of implanting the magnets has been viewed more than 650,000 times on YouTube
Bloody: Dave Hurban said the gut-wrenching procedure was not very painful
Hurban said that the 30-minute procedure, while cringe-inducing, did not hurt as badly as he envisioned it.
Since its completion on April 19, he said his wrist healed enough in two weeks for him to be able to jog with his iPod in place, according to CBS Houston.
‘It definitely is not the worst piercing I’ve ever done to myself,’ he said, without elaborating further.
While Hollywood blockbusters have long been predicting the rise of Cyborgs – part man, part machine – iDermal could be setting a trend that will make the stuff of directors’ dreams into reality.
Check: Hurban carefully measured the placement of the magnets before inserting them into his arm
Fits like a glove: Dave Hurban’s iPod Nano clicks into place on his wrist thanks to the four micro-anchors he had embedded into his left wrist
In March, Nokia issued patents for ‘vibrating tattoos’ that alert a person when they are getting a phone call or text message.
When asked about what will happen when Apple inevitably updates the iPod Nano, as it has done six times already, Hurban said the prospect does not bother him, and he has no plans to change the magnets.
‘I did it because I’m living in the now. I did it because it’s cool now. Even if they do come out with a new iPod, the fact that I did this when this iPod was out, that’s what matters,’ he said.
So far, Hurban said he has been receiving positive feedback from everyone who has encountered his invention in the flesh, including his own mother.
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