Nissan, or any car manufacturer for that matter, is typically not something you'd associate with smartphones. But this week Nissan decided to switch lanes and announce what it claims is the world's first self-healing iPhone case.
The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case promises to heal itself from any scrape by utilizing the same scratch-healing paint that's used on Nissan and Infiniti cars. Nissan says that a small graze can heal within an hour while deeper cuts could take up to a week to fix.
The magic behind the self-healing case is the polyrotaxane-based paint. The polyrotaxane in the paint can react to a change (in this case damage from being cut), and repair its chemical structure to its original state.
The case itself is made of ABS plastic shell overlaid with the Scratch Shield paint that will supposedly add a grippy texture, as opposed to the typical slippery, glossy finish of other cases.
Nissan has already been using their Scratch Shield paint in Japanese mobile phones from NTT DoCoMo, such as the Style Series N-03B. Now the company is looking to bring their self-healing paint to other mobile devices and perhaps even more products.
Nissan is running a small group beta test of the cases for now. If demand for the case is high enough, the company plans to release a commercial version by the end of the year.
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