Lunatik, the company who in many ways sparked the Apple-wearable frenzy with its TikTok watch kits for the iPod Nano, has launched a new Kickstarter. Returning to its roots, the team has developed a rugged case/strap kit for 42mm Apple Watch models.
Dubbed the ‘Epik,’ the kit features a case forged from aluminum alloy and premium performance materials. It fits around a strapless Apple Watch, and can be paired with either a silicon sport strap or a premium aluminum link bracelet with a butterfly clasp.
The case allows for charging, heart rate tracking, and mic and speaker use. Perforated filters provide added protection against dirt and water, and Lunatik says its Active-Control Crown provides “enhanced control” of the Digital Crown in extreme conditions.
Like Apple, Lunatik is careful not to use the word ‘waterproof’ when talking about its case, but it seems pretty confident in its durability. On Kickstarter, it implies that with the Epik, you’ll be able to use your Watch in places like the beach or snowboarding.
At the time of this writing, the Epik project had collected $70,000 of its $100,000 goal in less than 24 hours, so it seems very likely that the project will get funded. If you’re interested, a pledge of $100 gets you an Epik aluminum case with silicon sport band.
With many users wanting to take their Apple Watches with them to the pool, in the ocean, or hiking, I imagine we’ll continue to see rugged cases like this pop up. It’ll get really interesting when veteran case-makers like LifeProof decide to enter the market.