Technology Adelaide Uni says humans may become walking antennas

Adelaide Uni says humans may become walking antennas

Losing reception may be a problem of the past if researchers at The University of Adelaide have anything to do with it.

They’re currently developing wearable antennas for remote monitoring and mobile communications. The antennas would be integrated into clothing using computerised embroidery and may be used in biomedical monitoring, sports analysis, military and emergency communications.

The wearable antenna is an area of research that has made rapid progress over the last few years. The human body isn’t the ideal environment for an antenna and devices demand efficient antennas to communicate properly, so researchers have developed a special t-shirt made of conductive metallised fabric. The antenna is embroidered onto the fabric and snap on buttons connect the antenna to the sensor device, meaning they can be easily attached and removed for washing.

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