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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 Most Searched Shows on Netflix in 2017, By State

Orange is the New Black is the new black, at least as far as Netflix viewers are concerned. The women-in-prison dramedy may have premiered in 2013, but it’s still got viewers hooked. Just as they did in 2017, HighSpeedInternet.com took a deep dive into Netflix analytics using Google Trends to find out which shows people in each state were searching Netflix for throughout the year. While there was a little bit of crossover between 2016 and 2017, new series like American Vandal and Mindhunter gave viewers a host of new content. But that didn’t stop Orange is the New Black from dominating the map; it was the most searched show in 15 states.

Coming in at a faraway second place was American Vandal, a new true crime satire that captured the attention of five states (Illinois, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Wisconsin). Even more impressive is the fact that the series premiered in mid-September, meaning that it found a large and rabid audience in a very short amount of time.

Folks in Alaska, Colorado, and Oregon were all destined to be disappointed; Star Trek: Discovery was the most searched-for series in each of these states, but it’s not yet available on Netflix in America (you’ve got to get CBS All Access for that, folks). Fourteen states broke the mold a bit with shows that were unique to their state only; this included Big Mouth in Delaware, The Keepers in Maryland, The OA in Pennsylvania, GLOW in Rhode Island, and Black Mirror in Hawaii.

Check out the map above to see if your favorite Netflix binge-watch matches up with your neighbors'. For more detailed findings, visit HighSpeedInternet.com.

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Monthly Internet Costs in Every Country

Thanks to the internet, people around the world can conduct global research, trade tips, and find faraway friends without ever leaving their couch. Not everyone pays the same price for these digital privileges, though, according to new data visualizations spotted by Thrillist.

To compare internet user prices in each country, cost information site HowMuch.net created a series of maps. The data comes courtesy of English market research consultancy BDRC and Cable.co.uk, which teamed up to analyze 3351 broadband packages in 196 nations between August 18, 2017 and October 12, 2017.

In the U.S., for example, the average cost for internet service is $66 per month. That’s substantially more than what browsers pay in neighboring Mexico ($27) and Canada ($55). Still, we don’t have it bad compared to either Namibia or Burkina Faso, where users shell out a staggering $464 and $924, respectively, for monthly broadband access. In fact, internet in the U.S. is far cheaper than what residents in 113 countries pay, including those in Saudi Arabia ($84), Indonesia ($72), and Greenland ($84).

On average, internet costs in Asia and Russia tend to be among the lowest, while access is prohibitively expensive in sub-Saharan Africa and in certain parts of Oceania. As for the world’s cheapest internet, you’ll find it in Ukraine and Iran.

Check out the maps below for more broadband insights, or view HowMuch.net’s full findings here.

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

Map of Internet costs in each country created by information site HowMuch.net.
HowMuch.net

[h/t Thrillist]

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