NFC Nail Art

A workshop from EMF 2018 by Kinga Kieczkowska

On Saturday September 1, 2018 at in Workshop 4

This workshop puts the pretty and the geeky together by combining UV gel nail art with NFC technology. NFC (Near Field Communication) is a peer-to-peer radio communication method which allows devices up to 4cm away from each other to communicate (more: Its uses vary from contactless payments to smart cards, access fobs and file sharing, making it a vital communication tool.

The workshop will include:

- introduction to gel manicure

- brief introduction to the NFC technology

- programming NFC data tags

- placing NFC LEDs and data tags on nails and incorporating them into a nail art composition

The end result is a happy participant with a creative gel manicure involving NFC activated LEDs and a custom programmed nail which can perform various things: unlock a phone, open a browser and navigate to a link, open a specific application, link to a business card, etc.

This workshop would be open to all ages and genders, with an option to paint a fake plastic nails instead of own nails if that’s preferred; each data tag and diode stickers are around 8mm wide so that can be useful if someone has smaller nails.