Fire hoses transfer millions of gallons of water at hundreds of pounds of pressure. They're tough, hard wearing pieces of kit—so what better use for them when they're retired than a waterproof iPad case?

The brainchild of Hosewear, a company set up by two design students, these slip cases are manufactured from a variety of old fire hoses. Available in a range of colors—red, white or yellow—they're practical and carry a neat history, too. They're also keenly priced at $40. You can buy them from the Hosewear store now. [Hosewar via Inhabitat]