Japan firm offers glowing finger for those phoning home


  • TECH
  • Friday, 18 Apr 2014

TOKYO: If you thought a finger that glows when you phone home was strictly the preserve of extra-terrestrials, think again: a Japanese firm has unveiled nails that light up when you make a call. 

Unlike E.T. in the 1982 Steven Spielberg film, modern-day Japanese fashionistas need only pick up their Android-powered smartphone to set their finger glowing. 

Building on the immense popularity of manicure art — where intricate patterns and small gem-like stones are stuck on the nail — toy company Takara Tomy A.R.T.S. has developed a micro-thin LED sticker. 

The "LumiDecoNail" uses a technology called Near Field Communication, in which small amounts of power are transferred very short distances, to communicate with a smartphone. 

It also flashes whenever the wearer uses an electronic money card such as a train pass. 

The product will go on sale in Japan next week, with a set of 16 nail stickers — one of which contains the LED — costing 1,200 yen (RM37.96) and marketed mainly at young people, said company spokeswoman Misayo Aruga. 

"I am now wearing it on the middle finger of my right hand. It blinks whenever I pass through train gates, which lifts my heart a bit," she said. 

The company will consider marketing the cosmetic product overseas after seeing how consumers in Japan react. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2014 

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