Beauty salon develops first microchip manicure

Is this the future of contactless payments? Microchip glued onto your NAIL stores a digital business card to make networking easier – and its creator hopes to make it work for bank transfers

Lanour Beauty Lounge in Dubai has developed a smart manicure for customersFounder Nour Makarem created the concept to support social distancingShe said the chip can be used as an alternative to carrying business cardsSimilarly to credit cards, works by using Near Field Communication technology Nour demonstrated how scanning manicure with smartphone opens her website

A beauty salon has developed a microchip which can be embedded onto your fingernail and used as an alternative to paper business cards – with hopes of it being used in the future for contactless payment.

Nour Makarem, who is the founder of Lanour Beauty Lounge in Dubai, came up with the initiative after trying to think of an innovative way to use technology to support the beauty services when the pandemic first began. 

In an interview for CNN Middle East, Nour revealed the salon has the ability to upload any data that a customer wants to the microchip – including a digital business card, Instagram handle or WhatsApp details. 

Similarly to credit cards and Oyster cards, the chip works by using Near Field Communication technology to connect with mobile devices, and once the microchipped nail is tapped to a smart phone, the data is transferred in a matter of seconds. 

Despite currently only being able to store a small amount of information, Nour said she hopes to be able to expand it’s use in the future to include contactless payment and even restaurant menus.  

Nour Makarem, who is the founder of Lanour Beauty Lounge in Dubai, has created a microchip that can be placed on manicured nails (pictured)

Nour told CNN the beauty salon was inspired to create 'smart nails' (pictured) to support the industry when the pandemic beganThe microchip (pictured) can be used as an alternative to a business card

Nour told CNN the beauty salon was inspired to create ‘smart nails’ (pictured) to support the industry when the pandemic began 

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