Water has a million uses, but none of them include our smartphones if we want to see them working again. Keeping our smartphones safer from water has been the premise for many high-priced cases such as the Lifeproof or Otterbox Defender cases. However, both add significant bulk and cover your what is normally beautiful iPhone with drab rubber or plastic. They also add significant bulk to your iPhone, making your sleek and thin iPhone the size of a phone from the early nineties. Too many times in life, like purchasing a car (cough or finding a woman cough) you have to sacrifice beauty for safety.
Enter the Nautilus, the first fully waterproof iPhone case that gives your iDevice the protection it needs while preserving its beauty. Currently on Kickstarter, the Nautilus creates a fully waterproof environment for your iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, or iPhone 5. However, it achieves this waterproof environment without the use of any plastic membranes covering the glass and/or aluminum on your iPhone.
The Lifeproof case, by virtue of its name, is designed to keep your iPhone safe from those moments in life that happen like accidentally washing your new iPhone in the laundry, or dropping it in the toilet while trying to catch up on the news. On the other hand, the Nautilus was designed not only for life’s little accidents, but for those looking to take their iPhones into the water on purpose. According to Peter Ghali of SalamanderSkinz, the masterminds behind the Nautilus:
Nautilus wasn’t only designed for accidental exposure to water. We designed Nautilus to withstand sustained water submersion to depths of up to 3 meters. That’s perfect for snorkeling, swimming pools, or a day at the water park.”
The Nautilus comes in two different models: the Nautilus Elite and Nautilus Sport. Both offer the same waterproof design, with the Elite model coming in aircraft-grade aluminum and not plastic like the Sport. The Nautilus Elite can be yours with a backing of $139, and the Sport coming in at only $69. The Nautilus has a $120,000 goal on Kickstarter, and upon successful funding should be shipping in April 2013.
Check out the video below for more information about the Nautilus, or visit their Kickstarter page.