Nissan has partnered up with Apple to create a self-healing iPhone case. What does that mean exactly? The Scratch Shield iPhone case, when scratched, is able to fix itself with no outside help. Small scratches can take less than an hour to complete the process, but larger ones might need up to a week.
It’s a nice combination – Nissan and Apple – and clearly it’s gone well. Nissan is confident that this could be a real commercial success when it arrives in stores later this year. So rather than think “cars” when we hear the word Nissan, we can now think “iPhone” as well.
Nissan did not develop this technology alone. It had some help along the way. The company joined forces with Advanced Softmaterials Inc., and the University of Tokyo. So how did Nissan come into the equation? Apparently the paint it uses on some of its cars is being put into the case. Made from polyroxatane, according to the Nissan website, “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.”