Nailbot Can Print Emojis On Your Fingernails

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The robotic device is currently featured on Indiegogo with a $150,000 funding goal. Nailbot had raised more than $23,000 at the time of publication. The campaign will end on Dec. 14.

Nailbot was created by robotics company Preemadonna. It’s inventor, Pree Walia, tells Mashable that she created the portable nail printer to eliminate the need for expensive and inconvenient trips to salons while you’re on vacation.

Walia says the Nailbot also solves the problem of sticking decals on your manicure by replacing the stickers with actual printed images. In addition, it provides a more diverse selection of nail art to choose from.

Using her varied background in political campaign building and LED lighting and controls, Walia spent three years designing the Nailbot.

“It was an evolution,” she said of the long process. “No hardware product happens over night. It takes time.”


A smaller, more portable version of the Nailbot prototype will be sent to Indiegogo backers in 2016. This device will use the back facing camera on the smartphone to size an image onto a fingernail. Eventually, Walia hopes to debut an even smaller Nailbot that is run solely on battery and is swipe to print (as opposed to using your camera on the device). This petite device will be bluetooth operated.


Nailbot users can also print images directly from their camera roll, a free feature that is also included on the app. Yes, that’s right. You can print photos of your adorable dog or cat directly onto your nails.


“For me, the Nailbot isn’t just a nail printing robot. It’s really about inspiring other girls,” Walia says. “We’re teaching girls how to design their own Nailbot nail art using software programs like Photoshop and Illustrator. We become stronger as a company and community…the more girls we have contributing the art and learning the technology.”

Nailbot will retail for $199, and will eventually be sold on Preemadona’s website. Cartridge and nail polish refills will also be available in the website store. Nailbot is currently only available in the United States.

“At the end of the day, we are still an early stage startup. We are looking to our community to help power our inventions and our company. We really want to make sure we get it right here in the United States,” she says.

You can pre-order here.


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