Nissan develops self-healing iPhone case

Scratch Shield iPhone case repairs scratches shortly after they appear.

For anyone who has ever scratched or dented their iPhone, a self-healing phone case by car manufacturer Nissan might be for you.

The Scratch Shield iPhone case seals scratches on its own shortly after they appear.

The outer paint layer of the case is made of a chemical compound called polyrotaxane, which reacts when the surface acquires a small scratch and changes back to its original form, filling in any gaps. Small scratches can be repaired in an hour. More severe scratches can take up to a week to fix.

This isn't the first time we are seeing this technology, though.

Tyler Lee at Ubergizmo reports:

"In fact for those who are really into cars, they might be able to recognize that this technology has been in use by Nissan on several Nissan and Infiniti car models. It was developed back in 2005 by Nissan in a collaboration with the University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc.

There is no word yet on how much the phone case will cost and the company is expected to perform trials of the product later this year.

Nissan introduces self-repairing iPhone case  [Ubergizmo]

Photo: flickr/Patrick Hoesly

This post was originally published on Smartplanet.com

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