Nissan unveils self-healing iPhone case

Nissan unveils self-healing iPhone caseImagine this - a case for your iPhone that heals itself of blemishes. Sci-fi fodder, it may be. But car maker Nissan reckons it's possible.

It's been developed using a technology established by Nissan, Tokyo University and Advanced Softmaterials and the basic synopsis is that it's an ABS plastic sheath with self-healing paint.

Nissan already uses the Scratch Shield paint in some of its models and the scientific explanation is as follows: a gel-like outer coat means it is more scratch resistant than your average gloss whilst polyrotaxane means that scratches that deign to appear melt away. It's not magic - the paint is actually altering its chemical structure to compensate.

Don't get too excited or start scouring the net looking for suppliers though as there are two caveats: firstly, only minor scratches are fixable. And secondly, it's only a beta product right now. So while Nissan says it may put it on sale in the months ahead, right now, you'll just have to keep an eye on not dropping that iDevice in your pocket.

Nissan's official comment is as follows: "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."

Hate to think how much one of these may cost, though!

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matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 17, 2012 at 18:06

I'd rather just buy a £3-£4 case and replace it with a new one when it got scratched up... especially as people don't tend to keep phones longer than 2 years.

Unless these cases cost not very much at all (which I doubt), they don't seem worth it, IMO.

blizzard7  Jan. 17, 2012 at 18:20

+1

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 17, 2012 at 18:23

This technology is great on a car that's meant to last 10 years+ but a bit pointless on a phone case. I'd argue it'd be pointless on the phone itself!

markweatherill  Jan. 17, 2012 at 19:07

Nissan should make car tyres out of this stuff that would never wear out.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 17, 2012 at 20:48

I see the allergy alert already.

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 17, 2012 at 21:11

Allergy?

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 17, 2012 at 21:11

Allergy?

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 17, 2012 at 21:11

Sorry, that's happened twice today :(.

tyler94  Jul. 31, 2012 at 12:18

A team of researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology, in the Netherlands, have concocted an exclusive paint using nanocapsules, small molecules designed to behave in a certain way. The nanocapsule paint they've concocted is self-sealing, which means a possible end to paint dings.


MOD EDIT: Interesting post, I'll just remove the advertising.

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