NEC Develops Wideband Wearable Antenna

NEC announced that they have developed a wearable wideband antenna that can be integrated into clothing to improve reception for every gadget you've got that receives.

According to their press release:

The wideband wearable antenna is an antenna that uses a conductive fabric which can be attached to clothing and other items, or folded up for easy carrying. It is a high-performance mobile antenna that can act as a supplementary antenna in areas with poor reception.

Antennas are generally designed to operate in an open space, and if used in close proximity to a human body or other object, the impedance deteriorates, causing a noticeable reduction in performance. This antenna is designed to demonstrate equally good impedance characteristics whether used in an open space or close to a human body, for example when attached to the user's clothing.

NEC says it will first test reception of "digital terrestrial broadcasts in the 470-770 MHz band." I guess they'll save their attempts to receive extraterrestrial broadcasts for the next prototype. And if that works, it could obsolete the prayer antenna.

Via Akihabaranews.

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