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Apparently 3D printed nails are just one way fingertips can enter the tech world. I spotted something really different on Wareable—interactive nails. Metaverse Makeovers has created adhesive nails that can interact with your phone using augmented reality. We are talking interactive graphic images that transform by touching the image of your fingertips in your phone’s camera. Check out the swirling patterns.


With all the sparkly glam, it’s obvious they’ve targeted teens. Young people love change and there is plenty of opportunity to switch patterns and re-use the adhesive nail tips later. There is even more planned.

Metaverse is building what it calls a 3D social network in which users can share the 3D animations with friends by pointing their gadgets at their nails.

Currently there are apps for different phones to view the holograms and animations, which are supposed to be a way to kill time at nail bars. However, you can certainly imagine this product coordinating with advertising. Maybe the next swag for a tech conference will be nails which focus on a certain product. Although it’s fun to view the nails through AR, I’m wondering if gaming and stories are possible. Also, could specific nail patterns be combined with certain locations through GPS? It would be cool to stand in front of the Love statue in Philly and have your nails appear as floating hearts. It’s too early to tell what will happen with this product, but one thing is for sure, there is definitely money in the nail industry. At Adafruit we can’t offer you holograms for your nails, but we can offer you a great guide on building a UV Manicure Lamp. This is like the pro lamps they use at nail salons for gel polish. So, get ready for a DIY solution that may save you some bucks. Make sure you send us pics of your epic manicure, too.

UV Lamp

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