Nissan invents world's first self-healing...iPhone case
A car company has stolen a march on the invention we've all been waiting for since the existentialist Nokia 6210 case: Nissan has created an iPhone cover that heals itself.
Sadly, it doesn't do so along the lines of John Rambo in First Blood (link not for the squeamish), but instead using a malleable paint coating that 'self heals' when scratched.
The automotive link is that it's the same paint, called Scratch Shield, applied to some Nissans already, including the 370Z, Murano and all Infinitis.
The outer surface layer is made using a chemical called polyrotaxane, which can change its molecular structure to fill any minor scratches the paint suffers, giving it "self healing properties," according to Nissan.
Very small scratches can heal in around an hour, says the company, though deeper ones can take up to a week.
The case is constructed using automotive-grade ABS plastic, which Nissan says is higher quality, more rigid and better fitting than the plastic used in most iPhone cases.
It's then coated with the Scratch Shield paint, which aside from its magic molecular properties, has a "gel-like" surface that's tacky and thus less prone to slip from a hand than a case covered with normal glossy paint.
No prices yet, but Nissan has made a batch for "BETA testing with selected journalists and customers" and is looking to put it on sale early in 2013 if said guinea pigs like it.
Nissan's Bob Laishley said: "We like to think laterally by taking the great innovations we've got from an automotive point of view, and looking at how they could be applied to improve everyday issues.
"The Scratch Shield iPhone case is a great example of us 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."
Nissan has previously used its in-car thermal imaging sensor, developed for a form of night vision while driving, to create a heat generation sensor for those that need to collect temperature data.
Now, if only a car company would incorporate a head-up display into a pair of regular glasses. Or an Amazon Kindle. Imagine that? We want ten percent...