Tough Challenges Test Creativity
For those who spend a lot of time listening to music around water and wish to avoid accidentally submerging their iPods, SKB wanted to develop a line of watertight cases. To meet a rapidly changing market demand, they tasked Nectar to develop a new case, which in addition to being watertight, it should be rugged, and interactive with Apple’s latest family of iPod Nanos.
Nectar’s Success: Experience-/Process-based Solutions
- Nectar developed a thermoplastic elastomer case over a molded polycarbonate housing providing substantial protection against water damage.
- Plus an easily gripped exterior that allows users to operate the click wheel by touch.
- Prior to water testing rapid prototype models, Nectar engineers performed a finite element analysis to verify design integrity.
- Engineering process also included production-ready CAD drawings, mechanical layouts, and more.
Positive Results Exceed Expectations
This new generation case, the Drypod, combines a rugged look and feel with the simple form of the iPod Nano. Its clam-shell style design and patented track-lock compression closure will provide watertight compliance to well over 100 feet.