Except, unlike the ipod, it is beautiful as well as functional.
We have lost so much.
Just wondering if the author at phys.org might be native Chinese or something other than American english? Other than that, very interesting.
At present our youth find it amazing that people did anything without electricity or computers. Then one day when the juice goes out, they will be screwed.
Looks like the Antikythera mechanism.
Gild brass verge watch, signed G. Ferlite. This watch has calendar indications, hour striking and an alarm. The gilded-brass case has an integral back and hinged lid. The band is pierced and engraved with a scrolling foliate design. Around the pendant is a radiating pattern similar to a sun-burst. In the middle of the back is an engraved flower, possibly a seeded rose. The pendant is badly corroded and the ring is missing. The case has suffered severe damage and in many areas the gilding has been worn off to reveal the underlying brass. At the top is a chapter ring with Roman hour numerals. Part of the Cheapside hoard.
That headline is kinda misleading. The craftsmanship was beautiful but the technology of today is far superior.