Beauty treatment in Dubai gives new meaning to chipped nails
Chipped nails could become the last essential beauty treatment.
A Dubai salon places microchips under nail polish to allow people to share their personal information.
Lanour Beauty Lounge has created a way to support social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, by helping people get rid of paper business cards.
Chips, which use near-field communication (NFC) technology, can share data over very short distances, usually a few centimeters.
The chip, which the salon obtains from a supplier in China, is placed on the nail and coated with gel to hold it in place before the nail is painted.
Microchip gel manicures cost Dh250 at a time, said Lanour Beauty Lounge founder and general manager Nour Makarem. The National.
“We do it like a business card, so there’s no need to fiddle with your business card anymore,” she said.
“It has all the information you want, like your website, social media accounts, cell phone number, name and email. That kind of information.
“So every time you meet someone and you want to share your business card, they have to scan that chip. They can use any NFC-enabled device.
“You just have to download an app. Most Android mobile phones have it by default.
The use of the chip is currently limited to storing business card-type information, but Ms. Makarem sees a great future for the technology.
According to electronics maker Samsung, NFC allows users to conduct secure transactions, exchange digital content, and connect electronic devices.
The technology is used for transactions like Samsung Pay and Apple Pay.
Ms Makarem said it might be possible for microchip manicurists as well, but the system would require an extra layer of security. They are working on it, she said.
But its potential is not limited to payments.
“In the future, you may be able to use it to access your parking lot or to access your hotel room,” Ms. Makarem said.