|Title||Snap-On Buttons as Detachable Shorting Vias for Wearable Textile Antennas|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||Chen, S. Jammy, D. C. Ranasinghe, and C. Fumeaux|
|Keywords||ICEAA, antennas, wearable|
This paper demonstrates that commercial snap-on buttons can be utilized as detachable shorting vias for wearable textile antennas. As a consequence, modularity in antenna characteristics can be obtained based on a common initial design. As an illustration, a patch antenna with different configurations of shorting vias is designed and experimentally characterized. In this design, adapted from a recently reported modular snap-on-buttonbased wearable antenna, four sets of two back-toback male snap-on buttons affixed within a twolayered substrate are used as detachable patch holders and/or modular shorting vias to the ground plane. By engaging selected male buttons from the ground plane with female buttons to form shorting vias, various antenna patterns can be selected.