It does not take a market analyst to realize that the explosion in mobile device sales within the past decade has made it relatively uncommon to leave home without at least one device featuring a touchscreen. While the innovation itself allows our gadgets to be great, the anti-ergonomic technology behind it is pretty far from perfect, and we all know it. From the calloused-handed carpenter and the sodden-fingered dishwasher, to persons struggling with arthritis or Parkinson’s disease, we have all witnessed the struggles associated with touching small screens, and most of us have had our fair share of infuriating moments in dealing with them ourselves. But there is good news for those of you manicured go-getters…touch-friendly Elektra Nails are here!
Stylish Stylus Fingernails?
Aside from gloves, it is probably safe to bet that long fingernails are the most common nemesis of the touchscreen, and for that reason, Dermatologist Sri Vellanki personally funded her brainchild innovation to give the world what mother nature could not: stylish stylus fingernails! Elektra Nails (Patent-pending, and formerly, “Nano Nails”), recently debuted at the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, and they are slated to hit the market strong in the first-quarter of this year.
While there are several major types of touchscreen technologies, the capacitive touchscreen is the one most common in our mobile devices, and as everyone knows, it generally hates things that aren’t alive, warm and squishy. The gist of how the technology works is simple: the screen produces a steady electrostatic field which becomes disturbed by the natural energy from our bodies when we touch it (and the device calculates the details). Elektra Nails pick-up the body’s natural charge from the finger and they conduct it through the fake nail and carry it to the touchscreen–without the need for any crazy surgical modifications or absurd application techniques.
Vellanki predicts that the level of precision the nails can offer users might be handy for artists and others who have a need for controlled organic output in their digital devices. It’s an interesting thought, because the stylus itself is coming back into the scene and we are seeing a growing number of oversized mobile devices specifically geared-toward facilitating compatibility with an analog writing implement. Not three years ago, the mobile stylus was somewhat a thing of the past that reminded us of the Palm Pilot days, but now that digitization has become cleaner and that screen resolutions have increased dramatically, there have been many new Wacom-esque applications for our mobile devices, and Elektra Nails might just slip right into the mix.
Elektra Nails will initially be sold in packages of six, and they are intended for use on the index finger only. The packages also an include alcohol prep pad, adhesive strips, glue, a file, and a cuticle stick. The nails can be painted and decorated as you would choose with any other false nail, and they last for about seven days post-application. The nails will be sold directly through the Elektra Nails Website and will also be available through authorized distributors. Retail is expected to be around $18 USD per pack.
(Images via Elektra Nails)