John S. Ho


Wireless Connectivity with Wearable Metamaterials

John S. Ho

Date: 12/05/2023

Location: Virtual

Meeting Link

Time: 3pm-4pm


Wireless technologies underlie the connectivity that is the hallmark of modern life. Textiles are adopted by all societies, cover most of the body, and are present in all of our daily lives. Could textiles be used to provide new forms of connectivity for sensing and interaction with the human body? This talk will describe our recent work on wirelessly functional textiles that interact with the user through technologies such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC. Using the electronic textile toolkit, we show that clothing can be designed to boost wireless signals between wearable devices, power battery-free sensors around the body, and sense changes in the wireless environment, all without any physical connections between clothing and technology.

Speaker Bio:

John S. Ho is an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the National University of Singapore. He received his PhD in electrical engineering at Stanford University where he was a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellow. He is a recipient of the NRF Fellowship, NUS Young Researcher Award, and Singapore Young Scientist Award, and has appeared on the MIT TR35 Innovator Under 35 Asia and Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia lists. His research focuses on developing medical devices that can wirelessly monitor and intervene wherever and whenever medical conditions occur in the body. He is currently on leave from NUS at Meta Reality Labs in California.