No more awkward moments at the barrier with these futuristic falsies.
Fumbling for your Oyster card in a heaving crowd of impatient commuters on the London underground is stressful. But with these microchipped stick-on nails, you can make a perfectly manicured check-in without even having to reach for your purse.
Created by 22-year-old design student Lucie Davis, the nails are embedded with the exact same RFID chip as an Oyster card, meaning you can quite literally tap in and out of the barriers on the tube by hovering your hand over the sensor.
Of course, they’re also designed to look like the iconic Oyster card, which is a nice little touch.
Davis designed the nails as part of her degree in jewellery design at Central Saint Martins, London, but she had to get permission from TfL to make the nails.
“Transport for London says you’re not supposed to take apart Oyster cards, so I checked with them first, and they let me do it. It worked perfectly,” she told the Evening Standard.
Davis also revealed that she’s been in touch with TfL about potentially making them available for the public to use. She continued, “It’s early days and it’s just a conversation but it’s exciting. And people keep telling me what a great idea this is and that they’re always losing their cards.”
For us, Davis’s Oyster nails are up there with Topshop’s gorgeous range of bPay contactless trinkets. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that TfL go for the idea.