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Fingernail-shaped stylus is manicure-friendly

False fingernails called Elektra Nails have a capacitive tip so you can use them on your smartphone or tablet screen just like a stylus.

Elektra Nails

If you have fingernails that extend beyond your fingertip and have ever used a resistive touch screen -- like the one on the Nintendo 3DS, for example -- you know that the index nail can provide a lot more accuracy than just tapping with your fingertip, and using it's a lot easier than taking out a stylus every time.

Elektra Nails has taken this principle and transferred it to the much more popular capacitive touch screen employed in smartphones and tablets. The company has created a false fingernail -- like the kind you can buy in pharmacies or have applied in manicure studios -- out of capacitive material, so that you can use it on your screen.

Created by a company called Tech Tips, which launched a fingertip stylus a couple of years ago, the nails are neutral-colored so you can paint them to match your manicure, and the cuticle end can be filed to fit your finger (the company does not recommend that you file the tip, which can interfere with functionality).

You can either glue it on, which lasts longer, but means it will need to be removed with acetone, destroying the stylus function, or you can use an adhesive strip, which lasts only a few days but means the nail can be reused.

The nails will be available in packs of six index fingernails, plus adhesive strips, glue, cuticle stick, and prep pad for $14.95 by the end of the first quarter of this year, the company says. But we've heard a similar story before; the nails were presented at CES last year too, under the name Nano Nails, with an expected launch date of May 2013.

Whatever the holdup was, we hope the company has it sorted out, as it sounds like an ingenious little solution.

(Source: CNET Australia)