Today, Nissan announced what sounds to be a remarkable new iPhone case. One that actually heals itself after scratches and dings alter the shape of the case. Using a technology they developed in 2005, Nissan has decided to apply “paint”, which is already in use on several vehicles, to one of the most commonly scratched consumer products, the iPhone. The product is being called “The Nissan Scratch Shield”.
Nissan’s Overseas Programme Director, Bob Laishley said in the press release from their website:
“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.”
The outer paint of the case is made from polyrotaxane and is actually more plastic than paint. This trait allows the chemical compound to actually chemically react to the change in the coating when the scratch occurs, healing the damage and returning to its previous shape.
It’s a little odd that a product like this would be coming from Nissan, isn’t it? Laishley doesn’t think so:
“We’re passionate about innovations that get people excited, and that means not being restricted to one industry or genre.”
It’s not currently clear whether the product will make its way to Canada but if it does, will you test it out or is it just science fiction?