Wearable Services is a pop-up nail salon where customers receive high-tech gel manicures.

From smart socks that track your running technique to wristbands that provide sun protection, wearable tech devices provide a wide range of assistance in our daily lives. However, to many, wearables seem to be made by tech people to be used only by other techies. With this line of thinking comes a feeling of exclusion, so two MFA design students came up with an idea that would allow everyday people to use wearables in their everyday lives.

Manicures cost around $12 and have become a frequent activity in many women's lives that provides a few minutes of feeling pampered. These small spa services help women feel good, and the creators of Wearable Services, Kristina Ortega and Jenny Rodenhouse, think manicures are capable of even more. Wearable Services is a proposal for a pop-up sensor nail salon, where digital sensors would be embedded into gel manicures, providing bio feedback, behavior modification, and programmable reminders. These manicures would be produced not by manicurists but by ‘technology technicians,' who can help in customizing the different services.

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