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Nissan has already released prototypes to journalists and certain customers for testing. It will look to put the cases on sale in late 2012 if all goes well

Nissan has announced a new self-healing case for the iPhone that utilizes technology typically used in the automotive industry.

Nissan collaborated with the University of Tokyo and Advanced Softmaterials Inc. to create the Nissan Scratch Shield iPhone case, which does exactly what the name suggests -- self-repairs scratches and similar cosmetic flaws that most of us tend to place upon our smartphones either through dropping them, running them into other objects, etc.

Nissan and its collaborators made the case out of ABS plastic, which is stronger than most plastics and is widely used in the auto industry. The case is coated in Scratch Shield paint technology, which is made from polyrotaxane. This coating has a chemical structure that is capable of reacting to a fine scratch by changing the shape back to its original form and filling in the gap. These elastic properties help scratches and blemishes heal themselves. In addition, the surface is more gel-like than glossy, meaning the case is more scratch-resistant than most.

"We like to think laterally by taking the great innovations we've got from the automotive point of view, and looking at how they could be applied to improve everyday issues," said Bob Laishley, Overseas Programme Director Business Development for Nissan in Europe. "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.

"We're really excited about the possibilities provided by this technology. 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, and we think this technology has real scope beyond the automotive world. We're passionate about innovations that get people excited, and that means not being restricted to one industry or genre."

Nissan has already released prototypes to journalists and certain customers for testing. It will look to put the cases on sale in late 2012 if all goes well.

Source: Nissan

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IPhone strikes again!
By bigkah624 on 1/16/2012 5:37:58 PM , Rating: 3
My first thought was, why are they only making a case for iphones? What about android? But as I thought that I immediately knew the answer, and it was more than about the millions of iphones already sold. The thing is, each generation looks exactly the same while android phones come in all shapes and sizes. Why bother with android and have to make different sizes of cases (which might not sell) when they won't have to with the extremely popular iPhone? Another win for Apple while my search for the perfect Android phone continues...I hope maybe they'll look to release cases for the other platforms. The case seems pretty cool.

RE: IPhone strikes again!
By TakinYourPoints on 1/17/2012 6:25:41 AM , Rating: 3
Standardized hardware, it's why Valve makes accessories for the iPhone and iPad and not for Android devices (that and Gabe is a huge iPad fanboy):

RE: IPhone strikes again!
By retrospooty on 1/17/2012 7:01:57 AM , Rating: 2
So that's great for case makers, but not great for Apple.

There are no removable battery options, no large screen options, no qwerty options, no smaller options.

The iPhone is a good platform and there is plenty room in the market for 2. Apple should realy branch out and make more models.

RE: IPhone strikes again!
By Natch on 1/18/2012 8:23:58 AM , Rating: 2
So will this help out those iphone owners who "hold it wrong", and drop it? ;)

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