Slide it over here…
Nissan, as in the car manufacturer, has announced a new iPhone case that is not only scratch resistant but will self-heal fine abrasions. The technology was first used on their cars in 2005 and is ‘available on the Nissan Murano, 370Z and X-Trail along with the Infiniti range of products’.
* 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 tactile, gel-like rather than glossy surface is more scratch-resistant than conventional paint and provides a better grip.
* The case itself is made of ABS plastic – a high grade substance widely used in the automotive industry which is more rigid and robust than other plastics. 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.
Not so fast
If you want The Scratch Shield iPhone case however, you’re going to have to wait. Only a few customers and selected journalists (not me) have received prototypes for evaluation. If the response is good, they will proceed with production later in the year.
Nissan say: ‘In Japan, we’ve already linked up with world-leading mobile operator NTT DoCoMo to allow them to use the Scratch Shield technology on its Style Series N-03B mobile phones.’