Nissan plans to bring innovation to the iPhone with a unique self-healing case. Nissan's Scratch Shield paint is a world first that allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves.
The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case is made from ABS plastic and trials are currently underway with initial batch of prototypes.
The self-healing paint finish uses technology developed in 2005 and is already used on a number of Nissan and Infiniti models. Now the technology has been applied to a product that's prone to scratches through everyday use – the smartphone.
Developed by Nissan in collaboration with University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc, the Scratch Shield paint finish was designed for automotive use and is available on the Nissan Murano, 370Z and X-Trail along with the Infiniti range of products. Now, thanks to Nissan's pioneering approach, it is being trialed for the first time on a non-automotive product.
The Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case has been designed using several automotive engineering innovations to deliver a more durable and long-lasting paint coat, and closely fitting, tight case.
The case has three key benefits: the highly flexible and elastic properties of Scratch Shield paint technology allows fine scratches to quickly mend themselves; its gel-like surface is more scratch-resistant than conventional paint and provides a better grip; and the case itself is made of ABS plastic, which is more rigid and robust than other plastics.
The outer ‘paint' is made from polyrotaxane, which means that when damage occurs 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.
An initial batch of prototypes of the innovative Scratch Shield iPhone cases has been produced by Nissan for BETA testing with selected customers, but if demand proves strong, it will look to put the cases on general sale later this year.
Bob Laishley from Nissan Europe, said: "We like to think laterally by taking the great innovations we've got from an automotive point of view, and look at how they could be applied to improve everyday issues. The Scratch Shield iPhone case is a great example of 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.