No matter which pants pocket or purse pouch I place my metro card, I always seem to fumble. So, I really appreciate the thought behind this nail project I discovered on Wareable. It all started when design student Lucy Davis decided to bring magic to the everyday routine of taking public transportation. She hacked a typical London Oyster card to get the RFID chip (with permission, of course) and then embedded it into acrylic nails. Check out Lucy’s Instagram shot.
The Central Saint Martins degree show opens next Wednesday to the public! Come and see my Oyster card acrylic nails in action for touching in and out…because with the RFID chip at your fingertip it’s the fastest way to pay 💅🏻😉✨ #csmloading #jewellerydesign #contactless #nailart #luciedavis #dailyinteraction #everydayvalue #finalcollection #ahhh
Not only did she win a NOVA award for new talent from Mullen Lowe Group, but she has already been talking to Transport for London for possible implementation. It’s nice to see such a big success for Lucy at an early stage in her career and I hope she continues to use her problem solving skills in an embedded fashion. This project reminds me of other inventive uses including combining nails with augmented reality (AR), as well as using a thumbnail as a track pad. When thinking of body hacks, external aspects like hair and fingernails are good options for embedded wearable tech because they are least likely to cause harm, lacking in moisture and also easy to access. Interested in hacking your own manicure? Check out our learning guide on Authenticating Manicure (Wearable NFC Tag for Android Phone). Unlock your phone using a ring or fingernail; it’s your turn to try embedded tech. Send us a pic of your handiwork!
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