New device can turn your thumbnail into a wireless mouse

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Move over smart watches: The next big wearable tech device could be found at your fingertips.

More specifically, your thumbnail, thanks to a device called NailO.

When it comes to wearable tech, students at MIT have 'nailed' it, with this mini trackpad.

It sticks on top of your thumbnail. Touching it sends signals that can control your smart phone or computer.

The technology is called capacitive sensing. It responds to touch like any other touch screen.

NailO has four layers: a pretty designer layer that you can mix and match with your outfit and mood.

Underneath that is a sensor layer, and then under that is the hardware, an electronic circuit with a bluetooth enabled antenna that can wirelessly transmit data for two hours without recharging.

And finally under that is a tiny, thin battery.

NailO isn't for sale yet, it's still in development. But inventors already want to make it smaller.

Experts say it probably won't ever replace your keyboard or your mouse, but it could offer a fun alternative in a multitasking world.

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