Know what makes a good stylus? Your finger. Know what makes an even better stylus? Your fingernail.
Too bad it doesn’t contain the magic juju (it’s not capacitive) needed to act as a stylus, so you’re stuck with fat-thumbing everything or carrying around an actual stylus wherever you go.
A company based in Montana is looking to morph your fingernail into a useable stylus with a product called Tech Tips — basically fake fingernails that contain the requisite juju to allow you to draw on your screen.
They’ll supposedly be available near the end of the first quarter, at $15 for six fake fingernails. The nails come in a neutral color so they can be painted to your liking.
CNET writes, “You can either glue it on, which lasts longer, but means it will need to be removed with acetone, destroying the stylus function, or you can use an adhesive strip, which lasts only a few days but means the nail can be reused.”
CNET also points out that these things were shown off about a year ago — called Nano Nails (see the below video) — and were supposed to be available in May of last year, but never made it to market. Fingers (manicured or otherwise) crossed that the company hits the window this year.
Fingernail-shaped stylus is manicure-friendly [CNET via Technabob]