We’ve seen electronic components that can heal itself before; if a circuit cracks, microcapsules with liquid metal will fill the crack and restore conductivity but before those cool stuffs ever make their way to the consumer market, Nissan and the University of Tokyo were kind enough to introduce their scratch-proof and self-healing iPhone case.
The case is made out of polyrotaxane, something Nissan and the University have been researching on since 2005. Similar to the self-healing electronic component mentioned earlier, the casing will automatically fill scratches with some chemical structure, thus healing the scratch. The best part is this is not only a concept,; it was actually launched in Dubai in Nissan’s automotive show. Unfortunately, it looks like the cases were only given out to Nissan customers and journalists for a beta test.
Great, now all we need is Nissan to introduce the material to phone manufacturers so they can make scratch-proof and self-healing phones.