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Brief Published: 12 Jun 2014

Lumi Deco Tech-Enabled Nails

Japanese toymaker Takara Tomy Arts has launched a collection of press-on fake nails embedded with LEDs that light up in response to smartphone signals.

The Lumi Deco Nails – which operate without the need for a power source – respond to near-field communication (NFC) signals from enabled mobile devices such as smartphones. An accompanying app can be used to programme how the nails respond to a low battery or incoming calls and messages.

At only 1,200 yen ($12) the nails are affordable and easily adopted, as they are compatible with both iOS and Android devices. While gimmicky in nature, this technology could be instrumental in establishing wearable tech as a commercially viable avenue for the beauty industry to explore. 

Previous innovation in the field of cosmetic tech has seen Brazilian scientist and design student Katia Vega create a portfolio of forward-thinking beauty product. This includes a set of acrylic nails embedded with sensors that allow the wearer to create music by interacting with water, as seen in this demo video. Read more about her work in Cosmetic-Controlled Electronics.

For more on how technology is shaping the beauty market, see 2014 Beauty Product Projections, International CES: Fashion & Beauty Tech, and Electronic Tattoo.