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Brief Published: 22 Jul 2014

Future Beauty: Wearables Nail Bar

Sponsored by Intel, a project by students from the Media Design Practices course at California’s Art Center College of Design envisions the future of nail art and salon services in the age of wearable technology.

The Wearable Services project analyses the potential for wearable technology within the beauty industry, looking at how bespoke services could unite beauty creatives and tech developers. The nails proposed in this particular project would feature embedded sensors that could provide the wearer with anything from raw data, to reminders, to behaviour modification, depending on the consumer’s desire.

The students also realised that customisable and tailored nail products could change the traditional nail salon experience. The group’s proposed pop-up salon would provide fully customisable wearables, with consumers collaborating with technicians to create the product most suited to them. In this way, manicurists and beauty creatives would work together with UX (user experience) designers, developers, and 3D modellers in new and potentially disruptive ways.

As detailed in our Lumi Deco Tech-Enabled Nails and Cosmetics-Controlled Electronics blog posts, we are starting to see how tech can be embedded into beauty products, giving wearers the ability to control and respond to electronics and the environment around them. We expect to see more projects like this in the coming years as wearable technology continues to develop.