Even Black Mirror did not think of this – Dubai salon has launched high tech smart nail microchip manicures that turn your nails into data storage devices


Dubai is truly the land of man-made wonders! They are dripping in innovativeness and novelty and captivating the world with their contributions from all walks of life. Whether it is a 22k edible gold burrata or a floating resort or more recently a high-tech smart nail microchip manicure, Dubai has it all covered. You heard that right; while the world was obsessing over a bizarre coronavirus-inspired nail art trend, Lanour Beauty Lounge in Dubai World Trade Centre is marveling clients with the Smart Nail manicure. Trust Dubai to give you the feel of living in 3020 when the rest of the world is busy grunting on the adversity that was the year 2020. They are clearly preoccupied with the future, and the Smart Nail manicure is proof of that. The futuristic manicure involves placing a teensy microchip on top of your fingernail, which is then covered and secured with a layer of glitter nail polish. How does this work or benefit its user? According to the Lanour Beauty Lounge, the chip uses “near-field communication (NFC), a short-range wireless technology that makes smartphones, tablets, wearables, payment cards, and other devices even smarter. Meaning, a simple tap of your chip-bearing, the manicured-to-perfection finger will transfer personal data such as your WhatsApp details, a digital business card, or your Instagram handle within seconds. The chip is also completely safe as it is a passive device, which means it cannot be tracked and can only be read in close proximity of 1-2cm, so there is no fear of data being hacked or stolen.


Of course, the capacity to store data in the chip is quite small for now. Still, CEO Nour Nakarem is hopeful that with technological advancements, this idea can be developed to the point where people can tap to pay for bills, share menus, and circulate information. The Smart Nail starts at only AED 250 (roughly $70) for the first application, which lasts up to three weeks.

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