Rolle, Switzerland – Nissan has announced a unique “self-healing” iPhone case, using the company’s Scratch Shield paint technology to automatically mend fine scratches in the finish.

The case is made from ABS plastic, a substance widely used in the automotive industry, and is easier to grip than phones with normal glossy surfaces. The paint is made from polyrotaxane, so that when fine scratches occur, the chemical structure is able to change back to its original shape and fill the gap.

An initial batch of prototypes has been produced by Nissan for testing with select journalists and customers. If demand proves strong, the company will consider putting the cases on general sale later this year.

Nissan has also licensed the technology to a Japanese mobile operator to allow it to use the Scratch Shield technology on some of its phones.

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