(original posted on Sun Dec 9th, 2001 at 02:52:49 GMT)
On Nov 3 During a brainstorming session, raylab & vortex tossed the idea of using a conductive spray on paint as a wireless LAN antenna, to be sprayed on a wall, lampost, window, slab of wood - any paint adhesive surface.
We made an order that night from a Farnell catalogue which listed an aerosol can of conductive nickel spray paint and some flexible conductive paint pens. Not only is this pen paint conductive but also at low tempertures, it can be soldered to.
Perfect for those tech-savvy streetkids to hot wire a graffitti antenna to a pigtail to complete that drug deal pickup over the 'net ... ;-)
Two issues remain for a successful prototype. Firstly, we are still researching an effective shape, and secondly, an effective and easy method of impedance matching needs to be found to match the the wireless card to the antenna.
Update [2001-12-23 13:51:16 by chronic]: General & Fractal 2-D Antenna Resources Added
Update: [2004-08-12 15:00 by vortex]: Wifi Wallpaper added