Nissan Creates “Self Healing” iPhone Case

By Paul Joseph

Japanese car maker Nissan has created a prototype of a unique iPhone case featuring a pioneering “self-healing” paint finish.

The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case uses innovations from the automotive world, including Nissan's paint technology which is said to allow fine scratches to quickly mend themselves.

First developed in 2005 from a collaboration between Nissan, the University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc., the paint technology is already used on a number of Nissan and Infiniti models.

The case’s 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.

Bob Laishley, Overseas Programme Director Business Development for Nissan in Europe, said: “We like to think laterally by taking the great innovations we've got from an automotive point of view, and looking at how they could be applied to improve everyday issues.

“The Scratch Shield iPhone case is a great example of us taking a Nissan automotive technology that has had a huge impact for our customers, and then shifting the boundaries to apply it to another everyday product”

When asked by how much the case would cost, a Nissan spokesman said pricing would be consistent with other high quality iPhone cases on the market, “reflecting the product’s premium materials and high manufacturing standards”.

The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case prototypes are currently undergoing trials by selected journalists and customers. If the response is positive, Nissan anticipates the product going on general sale later this year.

By Paul Joseph