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Subtle Nail Art That Doubles as a Trackpad

With wearables becoming more and more prevalent, there has come to be a huge demand for personalization. Thanks to MITMedia Lab we might have yet another way to wear our technology—this time on our nails.  

NailO is a smart sticker that is worn on the user's thumbnail and works as a miniature track pad. Its small size makes it a lot more subtle than a large pair of glasses or a bulky watch, although its features are much simpler. 

Inspired by the nail art worn in her home country of Taiwan, MIT graduate Cindy Hsin-Liu Kao was inspired to create the smart sticker. "It’s cosmetic product, popular in Asian countries," Kao told the MIT Press Office. "When I came here, I was looking for them, but I couldn’t find them, so I’d have my family mail them to me."

Squeezed inside the small wearable, you can find a touch sensor, battery, and Bluetooth radio. You can connect it to various Bluetooth compatible devices to use them remotely. For added flair, wearers can attach different decals, similar to picking out a new phone case. 

Although simple, there are plenty of uses for the device if you think creatively. When struggling with the messy task of cooking with an online recipe, you no longer need to worry about getting flour on your phone or tablet. With a quick swipe of your forefinger, you can scroll up or down. Kao also suggests that the user can use the sticker to subtly change the color of an accessory.  

NailO is not a reality yet, but the team is hoping to work out some kinks. Right now, it can recognize five different gestures, but only with 92% accuracy. The product will be making an appearance at the CHI 2015 Conference in Seoul, South Korea. Hopefully the creator will continue working on the project and we can all have high-tech nails in the near future. 

[h/t: Co.Design]

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The Richest Person of All Time From Each State


Looking for inspiration in your quest to become a billionaire? This map from cost information website HowMuch.net, spotted by Digg, highlights the richest person in history who hails from each of the 50 states.

More billionaires live in the U.S. than in any other country, but not every state has produced a member of the Three Comma Club (seven states can only lay claim to millionaires). The map spans U.S. history, with numbers adjusted for inflation. One key finding: The group is overwhelmingly male, with only three women represented.

The richest American by far was John D. Rockefeller, repping New York with $257.25 billion to his name. Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Microsoft's Bill Gates clock in at the third and fifth richest, respectively. While today they both make their homes in the exclusive waterfront city of Medina, Washington, this map is all about birthplace. Since Gates, who is worth $90.54 billion, was born in Seattle, he wins top billing in the Evergreen State, while Albuquerque-born Bezos's $116.57 billion fortune puts New Mexico on the map.

The richest woman is South Carolina's Anita Zucker ($3.83 billion), the CEO of InterTech Group, a private, family-owned chemicals manufacturer based in Charleston. Clocking in at number 50 is the late, great socialite Brooke Astor—who, though a legend of the New York City social scene, was a native of New Hampshire—with $150 million.

[h/t Digg]

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook
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A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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