Scientists at the National University of Singapore have invented the ‘smart’ clothing they believe can boost signals and save battery life. The invention, called “metamaterial” allows radio waves (like Bluetooth) to glide across the material between the wireless devices instead of radiating in all directions. Assistant Professor John Ho explained more details on the new invention:
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“This T-shirt increases the wireless connectivity of devices around my body by 1,000 times,” said assistant professor John Ho, donning a sports shirt laced with comb-shaped strips of the metamaterial textile.
Ho, who oversaw a 10-member team that developed the technology over a year, said it could be used for measuring the vital signs of athletes or hospital patients.
It could also keep signals more secure by transmitting sensitive information close to the body and away from potential eavesdroppers on the radio waves, the scientists said.
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