Penn State is constructing a transportable antenna to transmit well being monitoring information
Friday April 16, 2021– –
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Researchers at Penn State in University Park, Pennsylvania, have created a prototype wireless, hand-held transmitter that can be used for both health monitoring and clinical treatments, according to an April 14 press release.
The transmitter, which can send wireless data nearly 300 feet away, easily integrates with numerous computer chips or sensors. The device has the potential to be used in remote patient monitoring and healthcare applications.
“We are very excited that this research could one day lead to networks of sensors and transmitters that are worn on the body and all communicate with each other and with external devices,” said Dr. Huanyu Cheng, Penn State Assistant Professor of Engineering and Mechanics, on the press release. “What we’re envisioning right now is science fiction, but we’re working to make it happen.”
The researchers built the device in layers, with the bottom layer made of a copper mesh with a pattern of overlapping wavy lines. The bottom layer contacts the skin while the top layer acts as a radiating element in the antenna, creating the textured process by which the antenna network expands and flattens out to be flexible on the skin.
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