Dynamic Measurements of Intrabody Communication Channels and Their Dependences on Grounding Conditions

Nozomi HAGA  Yusaku KASAHARA  Kuniyuki MOTOJIMA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E99-B    No.6    pp.1380-1385
Publication Date: 2016/06/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.2015EBP3497
Type of Manuscript: PAPER
Category: Antennas and Propagation
intrabody communications,  wearable transceivers,  dynamic measurements,  

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In the development of intrabody communication systems, it is important to understand the effects of user's posture on the communication channels. In this study, dynamic measurements of intrabody communication channels were made and their dependences on the grounding conditions were investigated. Furthermore, the physical mechanism of the dynamic communication channels was discussed based on electrostatic simulations. According to the measured and the simulated results, the variations in the signal transmission characteristics depend not only on the distance between the Tx and the Rx but also on the shadowing by body parts.