She's nailed the commute! Fashion student embeds an OYSTER CARD chip into her false talons to add 'wonder' to her journey home

  • Lucie Davis, 22, from London, added Oyster card microchip to false nails
  • They work exactly the same as a normal card and can be topped up
  • Wanted to make her commute easier and add wonder to her surroundings 

A fashion student has created false nails that you can use to pay for your commute home - by embedding an Oyster card microchip in them.

Lucie Davis, 22, from London, is studying for a BA in jewellery design at UAL Central Saint Martins and created the handy nails for her final degree project.

She has the city at her fingertips every day, as she wears them for her commute to university.

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The handy false nails were created by Lucie during a project where students were encouraged to find wonder in routine activities - and Lucie immediatly thought of her daily commute

Luci e Davis, pictured. She wanted to add wonder to her surroundings by reimagining ordinary objects. The nails work in exactly the same way as the contactless payment card,  meaning you can use them on buses and the tube and top them up with money to pay for your journey

The nails work in exactly the same way as the contactless payment card, meaning you can use them on buses and the tube and top them up with money to pay for your journey. 

The handy false nails were created by Lucie during a project where students were encouraged to find wonder in routine activities - and Lucie immediately thought of her daily commute. 

Although she found them tricky to make, she enjoyed the challenge - and didn't want to reveal her secrets. 

Lucie said: 'It took a lot of testing, problem solving, design development as well as patience and of determination to make it work!' 

Speaking to WAH Nails, she said: 'I took the RFID chip from an Oyster card and embedded it within a full set of acrylic nails to give commuters the ability to pay for their journeys with a single tap/touch.

'You can still top them up with money too. Now you'll never have to worry about misplacing your card again!'

She chose to use false nails rather than jewellery or clothes because of their physical attachment to the body.

Lucie said: 'I wanted to show how false nails can act as part information, part decoration. They can create a space between portable and wearable objects and adornment - a new concept of jewellery with additional function which is also fashionable.'

Lucie Davis, from London, is studying for a BA in jeweller y design at UAL Central Saint Martins and created the handy nails for her final degree project. The nails contain a microchip from an Oyster card

You'll have to make sure that the handy nails don't become detached while on the tube, however.

Lucie continued: 'I was hoping that this idea would make everyone's next commute a little more thoughtful and enjoyable rather than our usual mindless ones.

'I like to think of my work as a 21st century update to the traditional keepsake. It's about finding a fresh new perspective on things, providing more meaning in a world we may take for granted and (hopefully) changing the way we think in a positive light.'

It's not known whether Transport For London are considering implementing the nails as an option for fashion-conscious travellers to pay for their journeys. L ucie says that she's in communication with TFL about them. 

The nails in action. It's not known whether Transport For London are considering implementing the nails as an option for fashion-conscious travellers to pay for their journeys. Lucie says that she's in communication with TFL about them

'But you can be sure that it would find a market amongst the stylish if they did,' Lucy added. 

'I hope to see it make its way into the street, the public sphere, the universe!

'I think the whole process of making it actually got me further questioning the world and allowed me to view it differently; imagining needs and products which may fashion the future.

An advantage of the nails is that you never have to worry about misplacing your Oyster card again

'I think that their strength is in their combination of technology with the current trend of nail art (which is all about the process of personalisation). 

'In doing so, it ultimately makes it a work of wearable technology which addresses a number of consumer needs, such as the need for the latest innovations, the need for maximum convenience/simplicity in people's lives and of course an element of light-hearted fun!'

The world is surely Lucie's Oyster with innovative designs such as this. 


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