Accessorize, with an antenna

NEC has announced a wideband wearable antenna that you can attach to your clothes to supplement the signal when reception is poor.

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Now you too can sport an antenna. DreamWorks

NEC has announced a wideband wearable antenna that you can attach to your clothes to supplement the signal when reception is poor. Or when you want to look like an insect.

The mobile antenna uses a conductive fabric that can be attached to garments or other items, and folded up for easy carrying. NEC says the wearable antenna works equally well in open spaces and when situated close to the signal-impeding human frame.

NEC will first test the antenna to receive digital TV broadcasts between the 470 and 770MHz frequency bands, but the principle lends itself to other applications, which NEC plans to try, as well.

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