If you've stopped by the Duluth Target store recently, you can see that there are lots of changes coming soon, and maybe this will be one of them if a new limited test works out.

In Texas, California, and Minnesota, Target has begun testing Clockwork Minicure robots, using 3D scanning and printing, and AI technology, they are able to provide a perfect coat of nail polish in just 10 minutes.

For now, the only store in Minnesota offering the Clockwork manicure robot is the Chaska Target, and normally the price is $9.99, but they are offering first appointments for only $8. They also offer a 3-pack for $24.00.

Clockwork via YouTube
Clockwork via YouTube

The robot does not use gel polish, Clockwork says it only uses "polishes free of Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP), Formaldehyde and Toluene, and a number of other harmful substances." They also will not allow any under the age of 13 to get a Minicure.

As you can see in the video below, the robot secures your finger, scans it, and begins to lay down a layer of polish one thin line at a time starting from the outside. If you've ever seen a 3D printer work, it's the same process, except the layers would start stacking. If Clockwork could miniaturize this, and make an at-home unit, I think they'd sell millions, but for now, a Target run will have to do.

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Clockwork claims that "Most people spend 60 minutes per week on their nails. That’s 3,120 minutes a year!" No way, that can't be true. I spend about 15 minutes a week chewing my nails, that's about it. Apparently, I'm doing something wrong here.

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