500 hours of work: Geek forges homemade ‘AuPod’ solid gold iPod nano watch (with video)

“When it comes to gold-slathered Apple products, there are plenty of options. Most people who buy them sneeze money and think nothing of tossing cash at a gaudy, high-priced accessory like an iPad with diamonds and T. rex bones,” Amanda Kooser reports for CNET. “Ted Chapanian, however, came by his gold iPod watch through a whole lot of personal hard work.”

“The AuPod is made from a 6th generation iPod Nano and 18-karat gold,” Kooser reports. “It took over 500 hours to build and cost $2,500 in materials.”

Kooser reports, “Several screens were cracked during the build through trial and error. The worst catastrophe during the project was an issue with the centrifuge that sent tiny bits of molten gold flying everywhere around the room.”

Read more in the full article here.


  1. I know he wanted to make everything himself, which I add is awesome to achieve, but a nicer wristband would have set it off nicely. His band’s quality looked too homemade for the higher end look of the rest of the watch.
    Was amazing to see that process though.

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