Adding Watertight Protection to Your iPod Playlist
As a leading manufacturer a cases designed to meet the travel, storage, and shipping protection needs of music, pro audio, sporting goods, and industrial applications, it was only natural for SKB Corporation to add watertight protection to its product offering. The case manufacturer charged Nectar with developing the Drypod™ protective, waterproof, and interactive hardshell case for the iPod Nano MP3 player.
Watertight and interactive
The Drypod waterproof protective case had to be watertight—so users can listed to their music at the pool, on the waves, or skiing down a mountain—but also maintain its interactive functionality so users remain in control of every audio function. To meet both objectives, Nectar had to create an innovative design, combine it with the most suitable materials, and ensure design performance prior to investments in tooling and production.
Rugged easy-grip design
Using advanced design and finite element analysis (FEA) techniques, Nectar developed a thermoplastic elastomer case based on the use of an injection-molded polycarbonate housing. The Drypod design incorporates “flex-pad” technology, which supports manipulation of the iPod’s control wheel directly through the case, and an easy-grip exterior. In addition to coming up with the rugged, watertight, and interactive concept, Nectar supplied production-ready CAD drawings and mechanical layouts, providing SKB with everything necessary for ramping up production and launching the innovative Drypod product line.
Rated to depths over 100 feet
While the Drypod™ waterproof, injection-molded, protective case represents the smallest product—in terms of physical size—that SKB has ever manufactured, the case has been gigantic in terms performance and a huge success for SKB. The patented, track-lock compression closure creates such a watertight seal, that the Drypod protects the MP3 player from water damage at depths well over 100 feet, according to independent laboratory tests. Nectar had predicted this type of performance through engineering simulations well ahead of water testing of rapid prototypes, enabling SKB to hit the deck running with this breakthrough in product design and functionality.