Imagine 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!
Via Expert Reviews