LED nails light up when calling

AFP-JIJI

If you thought a finger that glows when you phone home was strictly the preserve of extra-terrestrials, think again: a Japanese firm has unveiled nails that light up when you make a call.

Unlike “E.T.” in the 1982 Steven Spielberg film, modern-day Japanese fashionistas need only pick up their Android-powered smartphone to set their finger glowing.

Building on the immense popularity of manicure art — where intricate patterns and small gemlike stones are stuck on the nail — toy company Takara Tomy Arts has developed a micro-thin LED sticker.

The LumiDecoNail uses a technology called near-field communication, in which small amounts of power are transferred very short distances, to react to smartphones. A similar phenomena was used to make flashing antennas for mobile phones when the industry was taking off.

The new high-tech nails, however, also flash whenever the wearer uses an electronic money card such as a train pass.

The product will go on sale in Japan next week, with a set of 16 nail stickers — one of which contains the LED — costing ¥1,200 and marketed mainly at young people, said company spokeswoman Misayo Aruga.

“I am now wearing it on the middle finger of my right hand. It blinks whenever I pass through train gates, which lifts my heart a bit,” she said.