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Brief Published: 24 Oct 2013

Cosmetic-Controlled Electronics


Brazilian scientist Katia Vega recently unveiled a new project at the ACM Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces Conference in St Andrews, Scotland called ‘electro cosmetics’ that looks into the possibilities of controlling electronics with make-up.

Vega is developing technology including a set of false fingernails that can be used to DJ music by moving the fingers through a container of water, and conductive false lashes and eye shadow that complete a low circuit when blinked together. The technology is still in its primary stages, but Vega’s aim is to create wearable technology in the vein of Google Glass – only even more integrated into the body, allowing users to control devices with a simple wink.

Vega is a computer scientist at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and so far, she has used the conductive eye make-up to control small drones and LED lighting systems. The technology is said to be safe for use on the skin, and Vega is in talks with several cosmetics brands about taking it to a commercial level.