A wearable EPIRB antenna

A quite recent piece of news from ESA (the European Space Agency), shows a washable/wearable antenna that can resist made from highly flexible, lightweight material that is robust against water exposure and moist conditions, and resistant to wear and tear. Such antenna works on the UHF frequencies of the COSPAS SARSAT satellite system, the same of the vast majority of EPIRBs (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) and PLBs (Personal Locator Beacon).
Given the actual level of integration and miniaturization achieved by both circuit boards and high efficiency batteries, the addition of this antenna could make possible to incorporate a COSPAS SARSAT beacon into the maritime garments, life jackets and belts worn by yachtsmen, fishermen and seamen during their day by day job, cruises, races or training sessions, meanwhile avoiding the need to put on another appliance that adds to the already long list of things to remember. In other words you could have an EPIRB that can be worn!
This is just an example of the many uses that, incorporating such piece of equipment in garments, could have. It could be used by walkers, hikers, explorers to launch a distress alert, be located and get assistance in places not covered by the mobile telephone terrestrial networks, which is most frequently the case.

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