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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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RE: IPhone strikes again
By sprockkets on 1/16/2012 6:26:12 PM , Rating: 2
I can buy a replacement case for my HTC phone anytime I want. An iphone user can't, ever.

Mine is made of metal and plastic - the iphone is either plastic or glass.

Nissan looks at both and sees where the need is.

RE: IPhone strikes again
By fcx56 on 1/17/2012 3:47:19 AM , Rating: 2
Not that I this debate really has me worked up either way, but we all know that's simply not true.
Rated difficulty: easy

Fit any replacement back you can find, in whatever color you like. And don't make the it's not OEM argument, it simply doesn't matter. Don't tell us you would pay 3x or whatever the markup is to buy your replacement from HTC over a generic cover, that's just picking nits.

RE: IPhone strikes again
By sprockkets on 1/17/2012 9:55:51 AM , Rating: 2
I can take the body off my phone with my thumb. Needing to buy a special screwdriver is not what I would call easy, but OK, it isn't like it is impossible either.

I'd take the OEM cover because it simply is made very well.

RE: IPhone strikes again
By FaaR on 1/17/2012 7:37:28 PM , Rating: 1
If you pick one phone over another because it's got a case you can remove with your thumbs then you got screwed-up priorities man...

No cell phone I've ever owned (~7) has had a case that was entirely removable by the user, particularly not any slider phone. Most had rear covers that could be removed (one or two had the rear integrated into the battery itself) and one or two earlier phones had replaceable faceplates while manufacturers still bothered to try and pawn those overpriced pieces of junk off on people.

No phone had the entire case replaceable though, if nothing else then the LCD cover, and typically also the side rim/frame was fixed.

So whatever point you're trying to make, it's bullshit. This isn't any concern a normal person places any weight on whatsoever.

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