Footwear Antennas for Body Area Telemetry
Domenico Gaetano, Patrick McEvoy, Max J. Ammann, Jacinta E. Browne, Louise Keating, Frances Horgan
IEEE Transactions on Antennas and Propagation
Volume: 61, Issue: 10, October 2013
4908 - 4916
Body sensor networks, footwear industry, gait analysis, ultra wideband antennas, wireless networks
Antennas designed to link footwear sensors within body centric networks are introduced with two small UWB antennas, one directional and another quasi-omnidirectional. The radiating characteristics are evaluated for three positions on a sample sports shoe using a detailed simulation model and measurements with a homogenous foot phantom. Antenna performance is assessed for resilience to close proximity loading by the footwear materials and the phantom foot.
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