We all have the best intentions when we first take our nice and shiny new iPhone out of the box and promise to ourselves to keep it that way. Unfortunately, life often gets in the way and the next thing you know there’s a scratch here, a ding there, and your prized possession begins its sad downward spiral. Fortunately, Japanese auto-maker Nissan is working on a way to protect our iPhones from their worst enemies – its owner – with the new Scratch Shield Self-Healing iPhone Case. Using technology first developed back in 2005 and used on a variety of Nissan and Infiniti models, the gel-like Scratch Shield can mend itself after being finely scratched, thanks to the flexible and elastic properties of Nissan’s polyrotaxane paint technology, whose chemical structure bounces back to its original shape to fill in any new gaps over the course of a few hours or even days. The case itself is constructed from ABS plastic, which is a rigid and strong material widely used in cars, shaped to create a tight-fitting shape around the phone featuring Nissan and Nissan Juke branding. Currently the Scratch Shield is being tested in Europe, but if the results go as planned, we can expect to see the case release world-wide within the year.