One of the fabric antennas, that can transmit the coordinates of people lost at sea
A life vest incorporating one of the fabric antennas, being tested in Finland
A life vest incorporating one of the fabric antennas
A patch about the size of the leather name tab on a pair of jeans could save your life one day – should you be stranded at sea, that is. In a project overseen by the European Space Agency (ESA), researchers from Finnish company Patria and the Tampere University of Technology have created a flexible fabric antenna, that can be sewn into life vests. Once activated, that antenna transmits its coordinates to earth-orbiting satellites, that can immediately relay the location to rescue personnel.
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