Lumafield, a company that develops hardware and software to build detailed 3D models of an object’s interior using CT (computed tomography) scanning technology, recently shared images and animations of this to what Apple’s most iconic iPods look like on the inside (via fast company).
How fitting, then, that one of Lumafield’s investors is none other than Tony Fadell, the “father of the iPod”.
The iPod was featured on Lumafield’s Scan of the month series for May after Apple officially discontinued the portable music player earlier this month after more than 20 years in production.
The original iPod was released on October 23, 2001 and would change the way the world listened to music on the go.
For Fadell, the scans brought back fond memories of all the engineering and design challenges the iPod presented for him and his team.
The former Apple executive said iPod development could certainly have benefited from something like Lumafield’s Neptune CT scanner and Voyager 3D reconstruction software, which would have allowed the team to look inside devices and diagnose problems without opening them.
This is why Fadell, through his investment firm Future Shape, is backing Lumafield in the first place. “We never had an X-ray machine,” he said.
“As soon as I saw [the scanner]I said, ‘How soon can I write a check?’ “, he said fast company. “Because at the end of the day, visualizing and going into detail about things made of atoms is very difficult, especially when you have to take them apart and put them back together every time.”
However, Lumafield didn’t stop at the original iPod. The company also dove (literally) into the 1st generation iPod Nano and iPod Classic.
Apple finally switched to a CT scanner when it was time to start designing the first iPhone, Fadell said.
Fadell also noted that much of what Apple learned from the creation of the iPod was directly applied to the development of the iPhone, so much so that the last iPod produced by Apple, the iPod touch, had more in common with an iPhone than it had. with an MP3 player.
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