By Drew Johnson
Monday, Jan 16th, 2012 @ 1:45 pm
 
Although best-known for its car, trucks and crossovers, Nissan has delved into the world of technology to develop the world's first self-healing iPhone case.

Created through a collaboration with University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc., the self-healing iPhone case utilizes Nissan's paint technology, allowing minor nicks and scrapes to "heal" over time. Nissan first released its self-healing paint on its automobiles in 2005.

The secret to the protective case is Nissan's polyrotaxane-based Scratch Shield paint technology. Although dry to the touch, the paint never technically dries, allowing it to fill back in any gaps that may occur from normal use. The case case can heal a minor scratch in as little as an hour, but more severe gouges will take up to a week to fully mend. Nissan says the paint technology is also more scratch resistant than typical automotive paint.

"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," Bob Laishley, Overseas Program Director Business Development for Nissan in Europe, said. "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 plans to hand out the first 100 Scratch Shield iPhone cases at an event in Dubai, but no word on when the cases may become available to the general public.