Spray-on antennas unlock communication of the future

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Spraying an antenna onto a flat surface. Drexel University Nanomaterials Lab, CC BY-ND

Hear the word “antenna” and you might think about rabbit ears on the top of an old TV or the wire that picks up radio signals for a car. But an antenna can be much smaller – even invisible. No matter its shape or size, an antenna is crucial for communication, transmitting and receiving radio signals between devices. As portable electronics become increasingly common, antennas must, too.

Wearable monitors, flexible smart clothes, industrial sensors and medical sensors will be much more effective if their antennas are lightweight and flexible – and possibly even transparent. We and our collaborators have developed a type of material that offers many more options for connecting antennas to devices – including spray-painting them on walls or clothes.

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This article and its images were originally posted on [Science + Technology – The Conversation] September 21, 2018 at 02:15PM. Credit to the original author and Science + Technology – The Conversation | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

 

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