Antivirus Nails (fka Smartphone Friendly Nails)

- how to use the ATM without touching the screen

Are you tired of ugly fingerprints covering your several displays? And don't you want to leave your fingerprint on any public display? With the antivirus nails touch sensitive screens can be operated without touching them. This is especially helpful for public touchscreens such as ATMs, ticket machines or even photo stations in drugstores, which are used by many people every day.

Corona viruses, which can cause respiratory diseases, are usually transmitted from person to person via secretions of the respiratory tract. However, transmission via surfaces that have recently been contaminated with viruses is conceivable through smear infections. If these infectious secretions reach the hands, which then touch the face, for example, transmission could also occur in this way. Antivirus nails and good hand hygiene are important components of prevention.

Stay healthy and watch the following triptych online tutorial about how to do your own smartphone friendly nails anti-virus nails:

Video (3 Parts)/ Tutorial, total time 03:12 min, 2017

You need:

Direct Contact, 16.02. - 11.3.2018, D21, Leipzig, photo: Paula Gehrmann
  1. Do everything as you see it in the video!
  2. Choose a fake nail, your chosen fake fingernail should overlay your own fingernail on the sides a little bit.
  3. Stick some double-sided adhesive tape on the inner side of the nail.
  4. Wrap tinfoil around the fake nail and let the tinfoil overlap at one side of the nail. The tinfoil will stick to the adhesive tape.
  5. Stuff a small cotton ball into the overlapping tin foil. Roll in the tinfoil from above into the nail. It can be useful to fix the rolled-up tinfoil in the inner side of the nail with some tip glue. To use your smartphone, tablet or whatever with a smartphone friendly nail you need a plain surface about 5mm. Be sure that there is a pillow similar plain surface under the nail out of cotton balls, coated with tinfoil!
  6. Stick some double-sided adhesive tape again in the inner side of the fake nail (over the tinfoil).
  7. You can now adjust the plain surface by pressing the nail on your phone in your individual required angle.
  8. Remove the protection surface and stick the nail on your real nail. The antivirus nail (fka smartphone friendly nail) needs to overlap your own nail (over the cuticle) to be conductive.
  9. If you use it on public touchscreens it is recommended to dispose or disinfect the nail afterwards.
  10. It's an artpiece, it is not scientific tested.

↓ Exhibition view: Direct Contact 16.2. - 11.3.2018 @ D21 Kunstraum Leipzig ↓

Direct Contact, 16.02. - 11.3.2018, D21, Leipzig, photo: Paula Gehrmann
Direct Contact, 16.02. - 11.3.2018, D21, Leipzig, photo: Paula Gehrmann