A new type of manicure allows clients to keep their digital contact details handy and share the information with others in seconds.
Hundreds of clients in Dubai pay for microchip manicures. Hanane Spiers says: “Now if I’m in a noisy place and want to share my Instagram or social media, I say, ‘Scan my finger!'”
The microchip is hidden under a nice varnish and sealed on the nail. Once typed on a smartphone, data is sent in seconds. “This chip now works like a business card. Thus, she can download her website, her accounts on social networks, her name, her contacts, ”explains Nour Makarem, founder of Lamour Beauty Lounge.
Makarem created the high tech nail when the pandemic hit as an experiment on social media to help with social distancing. Like credit cards, the chip works by using near-field communication technology which enables fast, contactless connection to a cell phone.
“It’s a gimmick, as they say right now,” says Spiers. “So it’s the fun and the joys of trying something new. Will it be the future? May be.”
The creators hope so. They have microchipped more than 500 nails to date and hope to tweak the technology to include contactless payments soon.
Manufacturers also hope to use microchips in restaurants, allowing waiters to keep digital menus close at hand. They claim the technology used cannot be tracked or hacked, but critics say that any time you carry a device that transmits information wirelessly, you put yourself at risk for privacy.