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April 9, 2014 AT 1:00 am

Your Fingernail is Flashing #WearableWednesday

LED Nails

Last we left off, 3D printed nails were the rage. Well, it looks like there’s something new — nails that react to an NFC signal, according to Gizmodo.

Japan’s Takara Tomy Arts has created a collection of stick-on fake fingernails featuring embedded LEDs and tiny antennas that light up whenever the wireless NFC functionality of a nearby smartphone is being used.

Here’s some fun examples of Lumi Deco Nails. Supposedly they have their own Android app to control the flashing of the LED.

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Each set actually only comes with one LED-enhanced nail; the rest just feature matching designs. And surprisingly, there are no batteries, capacitors, or other connected power sources required. The energy from an NFC signal is all that’s needed to make the LEDs flash.

These decorative nails are more proof that stick on circuits are the next trend, joining tattoos and medical sensors. Remember when make-up was the only thing you got in trouble for in school? Teachers are going to have a lot more to look at.


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