Griffin’s Slap wristband for iPod nano takes us back in time
By David Dahlquist, Macworld
If you’re a child—or parent—of the late 1980s or early 1990s, you no doubt remember the once-ubiquitous
slap bracelet. Now, Griffin Technology is giving you the opportunity to relive the slap-happy magic of this wondrous wristband with its
just-announced Slap, a flexible wristband for the iPod nano.
The $25 Slap is a memory-metal wristband with a soft silicone skin. Like the slap bracelets of yesteryear, the Slap lies flat and rigid until you smack it on your—or someone else’s—wrist. The band automatically adjusts to the size of the wrist it’s being slapped on, forming a comfortable bracelet.
The Slap features a silicone frame that holds your iPod nano securely while providing a minor level of shock protection. The headphone port remains accessible so you can enjoy your tunes, and you can press the Sleep/Wake button through the silicone to check the time or control iTunes. This allows the Slap to serve as a handy timepiece as well as an iPod case.
Griffin’s Website lists the Slap as “Coming Soon,” but gives no release date as of yet. Will the new generation embrace the slap bracelet as eagerly as the last one did, or will the Slap appeal mostly to nostalgic Generation Y’ers looking to relive the glory days of their youth? Either way, Griffin could be on to something with this zany throwback to simpler times.