Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Spray-On Antenna

PostedOctober 18, 2018

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Lede: We used to think of antennas as metal protrusions from T-Vs or cars. Now they’re more hidden, and a new advance takes that even further. Introducing the spray-on antenna…

Randy Atkins: Forget wearing a fitbit in the future. Kapil Dandekar, an engineering professor at Drexel University, says the technology will be an invisible part of your clothing. And no more EasyPass boxes on your windshield.

Kapil Dandekar: With sprayable antennas, you have the ability to laminate the antenna into the glass or into the vehicle itself so that you wouldn’t even know it was there.

Randy Atkins: This is made possible by a new type of two-dimensional metallic material that can be sprayed onto things of any shape, and you won’t even see it.

Kapil Dandekar: Translucent and flexible, but conductivity that is approaching what you would have in conventional metals.

Randy Atkins: Dandekar says seamless integration of such antennas into everyday life will surely inspire…

Kapil Dandekar: ...some now product or application that we can’t even imagine right now.

Randy Atkins: With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.