With the new iPhone that was just released last Friday, we thought that it would be great to check out what else can be done with all of those older model iPods. Don't get us wrong, we love the things, but there is always room for improvement. With this great wooden case, it's possible to give life to some of the older model iPods that are still around.
Josh D from Australia has taken it upon himself to strip the casing off an iPod Mini and to rebuilt it using nothing but wood and screws. His design uses no glue and the click wheel is attached to the sensor using double sided tape. We don't know how long that will last, but otherwise, this is a handsome looking iPod. Obviously, a lot of thought went into this little redesign. Sure, iPods and iPhone are great to handle, but who hasn't got a cover or skin for theirs? Otherwise, you end up with a scratched up device, and no one likes those. This wood conversion should be sold in a kit of some sorts. It looks pretty easy to install. The only thing that we worry about is the warranty of the original iPod.
As we mentioned, the click-wheel is only fastened with double-sided tape. That doesn't sound like a long term solution. One of the great things about iPods and iPhones is their sleekness. The devices themselves function great, but they are easy to lug around on your daily routines, be it at work or at play. Our initial opinion is tha this case is slightly larger than a normal sized one. Nevertheless, given this option, I'm sure a bunch of people would appreciate having wooden iPods. [via Designboom, images by Josh D]