April 1, 2012 - Viper, the world's leading manufacturer of
car security and remote start products, has invented new
wearable antenna technology that is purported to double the
range of traditional keyfob-based radio frequency (RF)
Viper, well known for its long-range car control products, is
leveraging its RF technology expertise to develop an entirely
new way to extend your range. The product looks like a
high-tech Band-Aid that gets applied under the user's chin.
The user then holds their transmitter against the "Band-Aid"
while operating it to extend the range of their keyfob up to
three times its normal distance.
According to the patent filing, Viper deploys "nano-circuitry
in a highly compact and flexible form factor, combined with
amplifier and antenna technology to significantly boost the
signal strength of the keyfob using the inherent transmitting
potential found in our bodies." Building on the advances in
body-wearable sensor device research, Viper has engineered
this innovative and fashionable device that many are calling
"the biggest thing since the BlackBerry Playbook."
We contacted a company representative who confirmed that the
product, called the Viper Mantenna, will be launched later
this year exclusively in mobile electronics stores and
premium fashion retailers. According to the representative,
"we think the Mantenna is going to be a huge hit, and we have
plans to extend the line in a range of fashion colors, and
ultimately a Dr. Dre edition."
I asked the representative if the Mantenna will stick to
users sporting a beard and she responded "usually, but we
recommend they shave the beard into a soul patch, which we
discovered works to even further amplify the signal
Viper generated a flurry of media attention when it launched
Viper SmartStart, which enables users to start their car from
anywhere in the world with their smartphone. We'll see if the
Mantenna can follow suit.
For more information on Viper visit www.viper.com or call the
company's media relations manager, April Feulgzh, at