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Nano Nails turns long fingernails into touch-screen stylii

Soon, fans of long nails will be able to turn their fashion statement into a functional touch-screen stylus.

Amanda Kooser
Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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Nano Nails test version
It's a fingernail...and a stylus. Amanda Kooser/CNET

LAS VEGAS--Long nails and touch screens don't get along very well. It can take some nimble finger acrobatics to get in touch with the display. Sri Vellanki of Tech Tips had already created an over-the-fingertip stylus. It was a natural step to then figure out how to integrate it into wearable fashion nails.

Nano Nails takes pretty much the same tip design as the Tech Tips and places it under the index fingernail. They will be available in either a full press-on nail or a nail tip. Vellanki expects them to sell for in packages of four or six for around $10. They could be put on by the wearer or applied at a salon.

Nano Nails won't be out until around May, but I got a preview of how it will feel by trying out the company's Tech Tips product. There's a very slight learning curve where you figure out the best angle to use. The reward is a very fine touch point to work with that gives you a lot more precision than a regular stylus.

Vellanki wore a test version of the Nano Nails through the rigors of the CES show floor. I got a good look and it appeared to be holding up well. She didn't want me to take a photo head-on, but I did get to see it in action, working as advertised. It's a clever solution to a technology and fashion conundrum.

Tech Tips fingertip stylus
Nano Nails work on the same principal as this Tech Tips fingertip stylus. Amanda Kooser/CNET