Textile and Wearable Antennas
We are working on a new class of textile antennas based on embroidered conductive fibers. Our fibers, referred to as E-fibers, offer high surface conductivity (nearly equivalent to copper), are flexible and mechanically strong, and can be inconspicuously integrated into the garments to realize several functionalities. As such, this new technology offers attractive mechanical and RF performance when compared to traditional rigid antennas and circuits, for a very wide range of applications.
Example E-fiber applications that have been considered recently are:
- Antennas for body-worn communications
- Wearable medical sensors
- Antennas for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)
- RFID tag antennas
- Stretchable and flexible antennas embedded in polymer
For more detailed research on textile and wearable antennas please visit Wearable and Implantable Techonologies (WIT) website.