Ever gotten a shiny new iPhone case, only to drop it and see it get scratched up within days? The same self-healing paint used to keep some Nissans blemish-free could be the next big thing for protecting iPhones.
Scratch Shield paint developed by Nissan can repair small scratches on a surface in a few hours. Made from polyrotaxane, the chemical structure of the paint enables it to react to small chips and fill in the gaps. It's currently used on the Nissan Murano, 370Z, and X-Trail, but the auto manufacturer has found a much larger market for its smart paint in iPhones.
Nissan is testing its Scratch Shield iPhone case with beta customers and some journalists, although this automotive writer was left out of the loop. Its iPhone case is made from ABS plastic to create a tight and rigid case, and its coated with Scratch Shield paint.
In addition to being able to repair small scratches, the Scratch Shield Paint is more scratch-resistant than conventional paint and provides a better grip to keep the phone from slipping out of your hands in the first place.
The paint is already used in Japan on the NTT DoCoMo Style Series N-03B mobile phone, and if current testing goes well, the case will be available for general sale later this year.