Nissan, the company better known as an automobile manufacturer, has announced an iPhone case that actually repairs itself from damage.
Featuring the same flexible polyrotaxane coating as the Scratch Schield paint technology used in some Nissan vehicles, the prototype case ‘self-heals’ thanks to unique chemical structure that automatically reacts to changes to return the surface to its original state.
Superficial scratches generally take about an hour to ‘heal’, while deeper blemishes can take up to a week.
The case itself is constructed from ABS plastic, which is commonly used in the auto industry and is stronger than conventional plastic.
Bob Laishley, overseas programme director for Nissan Europe, said: “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.
“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 case will be trialled with journalists and industry members, with a retail release on the cards if it's well received.