The Japanese automobile giant Nissan has announced that it is to introduce a new line of self-repairing “Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone” cases that use a special paint technology to quickly mend themselves.
Developed by Nissan in collaboration with University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc., the unique Scratch Shield paint finish was initially designed for automotive use and is available on the Nissan Murano, 370Z and X-Trail along with the Infiniti range of products. this technology is being trialled for the first time on a non-automotive product in Europe, with the Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case.
The outer ‘paint’ is made from polyrotaxane, which means that when damage occurs to the coating in the form of a fine scratch, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap – ‘healing’ the blemish.
The case launched this weekend at an automotive event in Dubai, with the company giving an initial batch of cases to journalists and customers for beta testing. Nissan says that if demand proves strong, it will look to put the cases on general sale later this year.