Apple’s designs constantly prove that beauty and practicality can exist in the same place, but that’s clearly not the only way to do things. Take a look at the AQUA TEK S, which manages to be possibly the most practical and the most ugly iPhone case ever. It bills itself as “the first ever battery powered, solar charged, rugged under water iPhone 4/4S case on Kickstarter.”
The AQUA looks more like Silent Running‘s maintenance drone, Huey, than an iPhone case, but a case it is. The polycarbonate and rubber shell is waterproof down to 20 feet, lets you bounce the phone without damaging it and even packs in a backup battery and solar panel to keep things powered when you’re in the great outdoors (or standing in for Bruce Dern in an endless voyage across the galaxy aboard a giant domed garden).
How much for this visual monstrosity? If you pledge on Kickstarter, you can get one for $100. Wait for them to launch officially and you’ll pay $130. Of course, by then we could be looking at a newly-shaped iPhone 5.
[Thanks, Madison M!]