Beauty tech designer Katia Vega has developed a line of cosmetics that can activate electronics using the body as an input device.
Vega developed metallised false eyelashes and conducting eyeshadow that can help activate an LED display or launch a mini drone. By winking or blinking, the user completes a very low voltage circuit that can send information and activate specific electronics.
The designer recently presented her “beauty technology” at the Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces conference at the University of St. Andrews in the UK. Her beauty technology aims to take wearable technology to a new level by bringing it closer to the body and making it more inconspicuous.
Vega has developed other beauty tech products like nails with embedded RFID tags, small magnets, or conductive nail polish to allow the wearer to interact with other objects.
Vega is currently a PhD candidate in Computer Science at the Department of Informatics at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. You can find out more about her projects from her website.
The video below by New Scientist demonstrates Vega’s electro-cosmetics.