The future of cosmetics is here! With just a blink of an eyelash or the flick of a finger nail, we’ll be able to control technology.
The Daily Mail reported back in October 2013 that a Brazilian computer scientist has combined conductive materials and wireless tags with everyday beauty items including eyeshadow, eyeliner, false eyelashes and nails.
The project called Beauty Technology means wearers can blink, wink or press their fingernails on certain surfaces to control different gadgets and even power motors in drones. The introduction of this new technology was introduced by computer scientist Katia Vega, and was demonstrated at the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conference at St Andrews University earlier in October.
Fake eyelashes were metalized to capture the blinking motion; a conductive material was used as eyeliner to connect the eyelashes with the wearable device. Blinklifier uses LEDs to create the blinking patterns in the headpiece and is prototyped using an Arduino microcontroller
She has created the Blinklifier system, adding tiny sensors to powered eyeshadow. She then created false eyelashes coated in a metal solution attached to the eye by stickers coated in conductive ink. When a wearer blinks or winks for longer than half a second, the sensors connect with the metalized eyelashes and conductive ink to complete a low-voltage circuit.
Beauty Technology Nails are false nails fitted with Radio-frequency Identification (RFID) tags, small magnets or conductive polish. When embedded with tags, the nails can be held near RFID readers to carry out a range of tasks including opening doors, for example, or using the tags in place of bus or concert/movie tickets.
But, is all of this cosmetic technology safe? Vega explained:
“We faced the issue that though the ink we were using is a safe material to have around the body, it is not specifically approved for use on the skin.”
“‘Even more, for using it as eyeliner as this product is soluble to water, the humidity of the eyes and skin could cause issues for the wearer. Thus, we created stickers that look like makeup, they are conductive and easy to remove from skin.”
To see more how this NEW beauty technology works in action BELOW! Check out a girl playing the piano while wearing the Beauty Technology Nails:
What do you beauties think of this new beauty technology? Would you want to change the channels of your television with the blink of an eye?
– Theresa Romano
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