Tokyo – Car manufacturer Nissan, in collaboration with the University of Tokyo and material technology company Advanced Softmaterials, has created an iPhone case that repairs itself, the Scratch Shield.
The case uses a material called polyrotaxane, which has a chemical structure that reacts to fine scratches, returning the damaged surface to its original shape and ‘healing’ the scratch. Scratch Shield technology has been trialled on cars such as the Nissan Murano.
‘We like to think laterally by taking the great innovations we have from an automotive point of view, and looking at how they could be applied to improve everyday issues,’ says Bob Laishley, overseas programme director of business development for Nissan Europe.
This invention could be applied to packaging. For more insights into this sector, read our forthcoming Packaging Futures report, coming soon to The Future Laboratory shop.