Student embeds Oyster card in her fake nails

Nail Oyster Card

While nail polish, fake nails, nail accents and other nail-related care and fashions make up a booming part of the beauty industry, nails are also an unlikely next frontier in the personal tech world. Fashion student Lucie Davis has taken nail tech to another level with acrylic nails that also double as her Oyster card. The jewellery design student created the nails - painted to mimic the underground payment card.

Davis, a student at the University of London’s Central Saint Martins art and design school, managed to pull of this nail tech hack with the help of an RFID chip. Within the body modification world, these chips are already popular - they’re tiny, and can be coded to interact with apps of all sorts, including payment ones. Davis, who’d be assigned to create something that was inspired by her daily activities, embedded one such chip into a nail for an easy, breezy swap for London’s Oyster card.

She told WAH Nails: “I took the RFID chip from an Oyster card and embedded it within a full set of acrylic nails to give commuters the ability to pay for their journeys with a single tap/touch.

“You can still top them up with money too. Now you’ll never have to worry about misplacing your card again!

“I wanted to show how false nails can act as part information, part decoration.

“They can create a space between portable and wearable objects and adornment - a new concept of jewellery with additional function with is also fashionable.

“I hope to see it make its way into the street, the public sphere, the universe!

“I think the whole process of making it actually got me further questioning the world and allowed me to view it differently; imagining needs and products which may fashion the future.

We’re based in London, and the thought of ditching the morning panicked shuffle about in the bag to tap in and out is a proper game changer - plus those nails are flawless.