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Ohio State University researchers embed antennas in clothing

Antenna in clothing
Antenna in clothing

The human body and antennas are longstanding enemies, but some researchers at Ohio State University have walked directly into the fray and figured out how to sew high-range antennas directly into clothing. Their solution is to surround the body with four antennas (back, chest, shoulders) and switch between those antennas automatically using a small control computer. The antennas themselves are brass etched into a flexible plastic film, and right now the entire setup costs around $200 -- with mass production hopefully driving prices significantly down. Range is supposed to be over four times that of a traditional whip antenna used in the military. The next step? Making these antennas fashionable.

Via: BBC; Source: OSU Research News