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Photo-Perfect Nails

A special printer just for modern nail designs that prints directly on your nails.
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In this modern digital age where we can order t-shirts, mugs, cakes ,and cookies with digitally transferred photo images on them, why not move into manicures using this same technology.

Nails have become a fashion statement and quite an outlet of individuality for some. Instead of having nail technicians slave away at hand-painting their elaborate designs, and instead of using somewhat less elegant water transfer or decal printed designs, I suggest a modified printer that would be able to take any digital image and print a scaled color copy directly onto fingernails for a precise and original work of art.

This device could certainly handle a plain color coat and simple designs (such as a french manicure), as well as more complicated images such as patterns (imagine plaid or polka dots), designs, and photos (imagine a sunset or a favorite pet).

Many other additional benefits would arise from this technology:
• The perfect shade could be achieved to match clothing or accessories using the eye-dropper computer tool. A live camera feed or digital image could capture desired color for color capture on a computer screen.

• Images could be made to be symmetrical and perfect using various computer tools. Make perfect hearts, stars, or other shapes.

• Images could be resized and centered perfectly before application. No more running out of room on one side as you paint designs. And forget those crooked water transfer designs!

• Cropping and zooming in/out of images could be used to create coordinating nails with themes. For example, imagine a photo of a sunset you'd like to use. On nail might just have the sun on it, another a palm tree, yet another, the entire sunset image.

XSarenkaX, Jul 29 2002

Edible printables http://www.party-photo-favors.com/
[XSarenkaX, Jul 29 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

spray-on nailpolish http://www.halfbake...ray-on_20nailpolish
The 'lo-res' version. [phoenix, Jul 29 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Skin dye ink-jet http://www.halfbake...kin_20dye_20ink-jet
The all-over version. [phoenix, Jul 29 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Alternatively http://www.beldecal.com/commercial.cfm
...print your design on this stuff. (My guess is that you use clear varnish on top of the decal.) [DrCurry, Jul 29 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

Airbrushed French Manicure... http://www.nailpart....au/frenchmani.html
...is how it starts. Follow the 'Next' links at the bottom of the pages. [phoenix, Jul 29 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

ImagiNail http://www.imaginail.com/index.html
The ones who eventually Baked this idea. I've let them know we did it first. [phoenix, Oct 04 2004]

ImagiNail http://www.imaginail.com/
I guess [phoenix]'s link has become outdated. Here's a link to their home page. [XSarenkaX, Oct 04 2004]

digital nail art, well almost http://www.diginailart.com
It seems like the whole world has evolved or revolved to be digital. Its the new order. [DigiNailArt, Aug 31 2005]

Baked!? https://m.facebook....&id=137306806459616
Seems there is no purchasing info in the video, but isn't it cool? [XSarenkaX, Aug 12 2019]


       Watch out for students printing exam cheat sheets.
FarmerJohn, Jul 29 2002

       is there really a demand for this?
sappho, Jul 29 2002

       Demand? Who cares? It's the inevitable progression towards technological advance being used for fashion and entertainment.
XSarenkaX, Jul 29 2002

       bliss: see link.   

       XS: somewhere out there, there is a printer that can print on round and/or delicate objects (it can print on egg yolks, for example). Seems to me this is what you want. However, I've lost the link.
DrCurry, Jul 29 2002

       [DrCurry] I'm well aware of this method of applying nail design (water decals) but doing things this way does not ensure precision of application, such as dead-on centering. Also, there is no accounting for nail size doing things this way.   

       I like your idea about incorporating the technology used to print on eggs (egg YOLKS? is that a type-o?), but this device is much more complex, as it will require more than dot-matrix character printing in single colors. Perhaps a marriage of the cake-photo-decorating printer and the egg-printer is in order?
XSarenkaX, Jul 29 2002

       Hey Cool! I could print a Dobbs-Head on my middle finger!
Aurora, Jul 30 2002

       or the HalfBakery half-croissant on your thumb.
XSarenkaX, Jul 30 2002

       Maybe not - at that size, it would look like what the Americans quaintly call a booger.
DrCurry, Jul 30 2002

       no link, dear doctor?   

       have they struck you off yet or was it just an ugly rumour?
po, Jul 30 2002

       Hey Doc, what do you guys call a booger?
gootyam, Jul 30 2002

       I keep telling you blissy, less is more. less is more.
po, Jul 30 2002

       No Bliss, It's just that I like cross continental slang, like 'fringe' instead of 'bangs'.
gootyam, Jul 30 2002

       I think the english call it a bogie.
Aurora, Jul 30 2002

       no, a fringe is a hair style that covers the forehead.
po, Jul 30 2002

       Po- I am sorry to tell you that we call that very thing "bangs"
gootyam, Jul 30 2002

       <wishing I was English>Why DO we call them "bangs" anyway? I mean, there's no explosions. I think "fringe" is a much more accurate description.</wishing I was English>
XSarenkaX, Jul 31 2002

       According to Merriam Webster, short for bangtail, or a short tail. I hope that helps you.
DrCurry, Jul 31 2002

       oh right, 'cause everyone knows that bang=short
gootyam, Jul 31 2002

       bangs are a particular kind of fringe - a large curl as made famous by Bill Haley ?
po, Jul 31 2002

       Nope, bangs is the American word for fringe, pure and simple.
DrCurry, Jul 31 2002

       Bill Haley's large curl is a kiss-curl.
angel, Aug 01 2002

       'bangtail' was a euphemism for prostitute in a film I watched the other day (Johnny Depp in "From Hell", a yarn about Jack the Ripper. Didn't see the end because I was so frightened by the blacked out eyes they gave the chap who played Bilbo Baggins in recent LoTR)
sappho, Aug 01 2002

       This is (shrug) OK for a printer. You know cheap and cheerful. Get you hand-painted nails over in my idea.
The Kat, May 14 2003

       Wow, my idea's been baked? I feel so proud.
XSarenkaX, May 15 2003

       I saw a segment on the "NailJet" this morning on CNN. It's exactly what I had in mind. I hope the inventors try to contact me... Yeah, right. Who am I kidding? I'll just have to settle for modest pride.
XSarenkaX, Oct 14 2003

       I hear that electronic paper is being developed. I wonder if the idea could be enhanced by ultra-thin fingernail-size electronic paper being layered onto the fingernails to create dynamic images rather than static blocks of colour.   

       Who knows what the future holds.   

       I'm a man, should i really be thinking about these things?
MrKangaroo, Oct 14 2003

       Does anyone actually know how to buy this thing?
ckauth, Oct 15 2003


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