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Chances are your next new item of clothing will be more than just a snappy cover against nature, but a finely honed smart sensor in the internet of things (IoT). This ‘smart clothing’ gives the user new options to monitor well-being and access wireless networks. But getting smart cloths to communicate with the outside world has been difficult.

The body is the challenge. Conventional antennas work poorly when placed adjacent to the body, impairing performance. These conventional wearable antennae detune and have narrow bands. They change performance when moistened by sweat, or crinkle and stop working as the body moves.

However, fractal antennas, invented by Fractal Antenna Systems, are built on repeating scales of size (self similar), and beat these odds. Their intricate structure allows them to be robust against detuning and cover many bands, and or be wideband. Fractal antennas can be built into the cloth and conform with it, an invisible part of the clothing itself. Fractal antennas are the perfect solution for wearable smart clothing.

Wearable fractal antennas first saw use in the US military earlier in the century, where Fractal Antenna Systems used their patented IP to come up with critical solutions. Not only has the firm created wearable fractal antennas, its baseline of experience on these garment-oriented antennas extends over 15 years. Furthermore it owns the source patent (7,830,319) for such garment fractal antennas, and has several pending patents as well.

In 2017, the need for better antennas for smart clothing finally caught up with the solution. Fractal antennas have been shown, recently, by over a dozen of independent research groups worldwide, to be a great solution for smart clothing, and in many cases the only one.

Clothing firms noticed.

Fractal Antenna Systems CEO Nathan Cohen adds: “This is one of many cases where independent validation and commercial markets finally caught with our innovations. Fractal antennas are becoming a big part of making clothing more than just a covering but an enabler for sensors and communication, keeping us all healthier and in-touch.”

Fractal Antenna Systems is working with its customers to provide custom wearable solutions that make smart clothing long lasting and cost effective. “The message is getting out that we are the ‘go-to’ guys for antenna solutions in smart clothing, and it’s great to be working with these fantastic commercial applications”, added Cohen.


Fractal Antenna Systems, Inc. ( supplies products for the world's most demanding wireless, and electromagnetic applications. Backed by over three dozen U.S., and international patents, plus dozens of patents pending, Fractal Antenna Systems is the recognized pioneer in fractal technology, with extensive research and field experience over 15 years in business. The company is a privately held and headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, USA.

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