How the times are a changin’ …..
Nissan has announced a new unique self-healing iPhone case, the Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case. The iPhone case features Nissan’s new self-healing paint finish that it developed back in 2005 and that is already used on a number of Nissan and Infiniti models.
The technology was originally developed in collaboration with University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc. and is available on the Nissan Murano, 370Z and X-Trail in addition to some Infiniti models. The technology is now being trialled for the first time on a non-automotive product in Europe.
The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case uses the Scratch Shield paint technology, which allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves. The case is made of ABS plastic and also features a tactile gel-like surface that according to Nissan is more scratch-resistant than conventional paint and provides a better grip. The outer ‘paint’ is made from polyrotaxane, which means that when damage occurs to the coating in the form of a fine scratch, the chemical structure is able to react to change back to its original shape and fill the gap – ‘healing’ the blemish. Small scratches can be “healed” in as little as an hour, but more severe cases can take up to a week’s time to heal.
The initial batch of iPhone cases have been produced by Nissan for BETA testing with selected journalists and customers, but if there is demand, the cases could go on sale to the general public later this year.
courtesy of Discovery