Can Your Manicure Do This?

Andrew Lampard
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Can Your Manicure Do This?

If there’s one problem with extension nails (so I’ve heard), it’s not being able to type easily with them on a smartphone. Touchscreens register body energy through fingers, but fake nails don’t conduct energy.

Dr. Sri Vellanki, a Montana-based dermatologist, kept bumping up against this problem and decided to solve it. “Some people have bigger hands and long nails and those things get in the way and aren’t very accurate,” she said.

Nano Nails, Dr. Vellanki’s invention, are fingernail styluses that look like regular nail extensions. They’re made with a conductive polymer that conducts your body energy so that your phone’s touch screen registers your touch. As a bonus, Nano Nails can be manicured just like any other nail extension.

“It has a flat tip, which activates your touch screen,” said Dr. Vellanki. “When you use it you can really see what you want to touch.”

Each Nano Nail lasts at least one week, said Dr. Vellanki. They will come in two sizes, small and large, and will cost $12.99 for a packet of four. Dr. Vellanki said Nano Nails are being packaged for sale and will be available soon.

In order to see how Nano Nails faired on the fingers of professionals, we had the skilled stylists at the Salon & Spa at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City try them out. Watch the video above to see how the Nano Nails fared.