SalamanderSkinz has unveiled the Nautilus, a waterproof iPhone case. It’s targeted at the underwater photography market.

Unlike conventional waterproof cases, the Nautilus is tightly integrated with the phone, using the body of the device to establish a waterproof barrier, says SalamanderSkinz co-founder Peter Ghali. The company’s patent-pending approach lends itself to a smaller overall form factor and more integrated appearance, he adds. It also allowed the product-maker to leave the glass touch-screen open and uncovered, which provides a more natural and responsive user experience.

The Nautilus will be offered in two versions. The standard version, called Nautilus Sport is made from a thermoplastic polymer resin. A premium version called Nautilus Elite will also be offered. Nautilus Elite will be made from aircraft-grade aluminum. The Elite version will be available in a variety of surface treatments, including black anodized, white powder-coated, and polished nickel-plated finishes.

The company has unveiled the Nautilus case on a web-based portal called Kickstarter. Through Kickstarter, SalamanderSkinz will accept monetary pledges from the public in order to capitalize the startup costs for the project.

The company rewards Kickstarter “backers” by offering them an opportunity to pre-order the Nautilus case at a discounted rate. For more info go to .