Over the past few years, smart wearables have grown immensely popular. The popularity growth can easily be contributed to a growing demand for improved health amongst consumers around the world. While wearables tend to solely focus on health and fitness, they can ultimately be utilized for a wide assortment of purposes when used in conjunction with the Internet of Things. To date, wearables have primarily been designed as wristbands and watches. The privately held company, Fractal Antenna Systems, which is based out of Bedford, Massachusetts, hopes to change that in the near future.
The company hopes their innovative antennas will be able to bring smart clothing to the forefront of the wearables industry. The problem comes from trying to conjure up a way to allow clothing to communicate with the connected world. Conventional antennas tend to perform poorly when placed in a close vicinity to the human body. At the same time, body sweat and crinkles in the skin can easily interrupt these antennas. This is why Fractal Antenna Systems has designed the fractal antenna. The company sincerely believes their antennas will be able to bridge the gap and pave the way for smart clothing.
These antennas are designed on repeating scales of size. At the same time, they feature an intricate structure, which helps to diminish the potential for detuning problems. These unique antennas can actually be installed into the clothing. Then, the antenna will become an invisible part of the clothing. This makes them absolutely perfect for the development of smart clothing. The United States military was the first to use wearable fractal antennas. Fractal Antenna Systems has been created garment-oriented antennas for more than 15 years.
The company also owns the source patent for garment fractal antennas. Fractal Antenna Systems also has several other pending patents. According to the company, a dozen or so independent research groups from all around the world have concluded that fractal antennas are a great solution for the production of smart clothing. The company admits they’re currently working with their customers to create custom wearable solutions that will be able to make smart clothing more cost effective and longer lasting. To learn more about Fractal Antenna Systems, be sure to check out the company’s official website at www.fractenna.com.