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based flexible antenna with a bandwidth
that ranges from 3 GHz to 9 GHz. The
conductive patch uses cotton as its
substrate for next-to-skin comfort, as it
is intended for body-centric, biomedical
and wearable applications.
It is particularly aimed at use in
smart garment design for patients with
dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
A more flexible antenna is seen as
conforming more easily to the body,
whether in motion or in a stationary
position for extended periods. It is also
expected to be incorporated into the
garment more easily, an advantage in
the production and scaling up of smart
garments, generally.
Environmental considerations have
a part to play here also. Graphene
offers an alternative to metals, which
are more difficult to extract at the
end of their life. The researchers
bring together a multidisciplinary
approach that merges electromagnetic
engineering with materials science.

A path to solutions
One of the important trends indicated
here is the way that innovators in the
sector are looking beyond technical
innovation to the " how and why " of
the final use of the product from the
earliest stage of development. That
requires asking pertinent questions:
What is the potential to positively
affect people, particularly those facing
challenges or disadvantages, and what
are the environmental consequences?
As the wearable technology sector
strives to achieve scale and a more
digitized production process, these
developments can also provide some
solutions. A win all around.
Marie O'Mahony is an industry consultant, author
and academic. She is the author of several books on
advanced and smart textiles published by Thames
and Hudson and is a Visiting Professor at the Royal
College of Art (RCA), London.

Denim dialogue
 A collaboration between Ganni and

Levi's® not only repurposes denim but
also offers the jeans for rental. With
Near Field Communication technology
embedded in patches and linked to a
smartphone, renters connect with
each other. Photo: GANNIEREPEAT.

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