It seems like we have to revisit the ‘what technology should I bring to the field’ discussion every six months since technology keeps on changing, and while I don’t want to be a shill for Apple, I have to admit that I am intrigued in the possibilities of using the new iPod Nano in the field. For US$150 the device offers 8 gigs of storage, and audio and video recording. At this price with even a most fieldwork grant you could get take four or five to the field, use some of them as hard drives to back up your data, use some to record things, and still have backups if those broke. I haven’t seen the new iPods in action and can’t speak to the quality of their recording — I am sure that for people who really want to record audio or video they will be inadequate. But for people who want a solution for just capturing everyday life, taking pictures, and making ‘home movies’ (always good to give to your hosts) mightn’t it provide a cheap and ubiquitous solution to some very basic fieldwork recordings? They’re also the kinds of things you can give to people when you leave as well. I think they might fill an interesting niche in the technology ecosystem all anthros drag into the field.