Turn your thumbnail into a trackpad

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  • Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015

THUMBS UP: The NailO attaches to your thumbnail and turns it into a computer track pad.

Researchers at the MIT Media Lab are developing a tiny wearable that can be attached to a wearer's fingernail to remotely control a host of devices. 

Called the NailO, it's roughly the size of a commercialised nail-art sticker yet offers the same levels of functionality as a notebook computer's trackpad – simply move an index finger over its surface in order to remotely control a smartphone, tablet or computer. 

As such it could be the perfect solution for turning the page on an e-book, remotely skipping a song on the playlist or double checking a recipe on a touch screen without covering said display with beaten egg and flour – an extra hand that fits on the tip of a finger. 

However its developers also see NailO as a means of controlling a host of connected things, from other wearables to smart appliances and of a means of expressing individual style. 

"As current wearable technologies get smaller and thinner and closer to the human body, there's a greater need and desire to be able to personalise the appearance of these devices to make them more appealing to wear," said development team member Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao. – AFP Relaxnews 

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