Aesthetically Enhanced RFID Inkjet Antenna Logos on Skin (AERIALS)

  • James Tribe
  • Will Whittow
  • John Batchelor
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8519)


This paper will present antenna designs for RFID tags which can be tattooed directly onto the skin’s surface. The antennas presented will be functional wearable technology with aesthetic principles which will contribute to the emerging area of Beauty Technology. These tags are suitable for the monitoring of people for a wide variety of applications. The antennas with an equivalent impedance of an RFID chip are simulated on a layered human body cubic model. Results indicated that the slot determined the operational frequency (915MHz) while the shape had only a secondary effect on the performance of the antenna. This paper shows that any shape could function as an RFID tag.


aesthetic design body centric communication conducting ink RFID 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Tribe
    • 1
  • Will Whittow
    • 1
  • John Batchelor
    • 2
  1. 1.Loughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK
  2. 2.University of KentCanterburyUK

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