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Wearable TV antenna

Clearer, better television from the airwaves
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I still sometimes use the antennae mounted on my TV's because we don't have enough cable hookups in my house. The picture on some channels is at times undesirably fuzzy, but it substantially clears up when I touch the antenna. The antenna on the roof does not help much at all.

Now, it is simply not practical for me to stand prone with my hands on the TV antenna for the duration of a program. I think it would be awesome to have a wearable antenna so I could sit down while still enjoying the advantages of having my hand plastered to the rabbit ears.

The standard model I have in mind is a simple metal band or set of rabbit ear antennae that fasten to the arms or head. I'm thinking the antenna could be worn as actual fuzzy "Rabbit Ears" for those seeking whimsy, or an alien headdress kind of thing. Or it could be some kind of stylish postmodern bracelet. Who knows? The possibilities are limited by the imagination.

polartomato, Jun 20 2002

Sony's creation: the "Straptenna" http://products.con.../index.cfm/id/20828
A wearable neckstrap antenna was invented for portable TV use [polartomato, Jun 20 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

eh oh! http://helena.ludwi.../Teletubbies/Po.jpg
[po, Jun 20 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Butt Ugly Martians http://www.awn.com/...nghusbandbugly.php3
An animated TV series about... martians. [polartomato, Jun 20 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

My Favorite Martian fanpage http://members.trip...~myfavoritemartian/
Check out the video cover with the feelers mentioned by [blissmiss] - television reception capacity unknown, but kind of what I'm going after. [polartomato, Jun 20 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]

(work101.com) Wanted: antenna grabber http://www.halfbake...www_2ework101_2ecom
Must like to travel; ability to ride on back of RV for hours at a time a must. [polartomato, Jun 23 2002, last modified Oct 17 2004]


       I thought *everybody* did this!
po, Jun 20 2002

       What I'm getting at is a product that makes the process of maintaining continuous contact with the antenna more comfortable, while at the same time affording me an opportunity to legitimately use the words "alien headdress."
polartomato, Jun 20 2002

       I dunno if po (the chubby red one) uses that red circle thingy on top of her(?) head or not to get better television reception. I also don't know if Tinky Winky's purple triangle gets him better, um, reception, either.
polartomato, Jun 20 2002

       My mistake- don't watch teletubbies or MFM much. I do, however, regularly converse with REAL martians.
polartomato, Jun 20 2002

       We tomatoes sometimes have to pin objects to our flesh to get them to stick. Getting dressed is literally a pain.   

       You are right- the wire hanger trick works okay. But who has the time anymore? And what if you have company over you need to impress? I am thinking of something more discreet, or at least more professional... we're talking cheapness for the anal retentive in this world. I am thinking something far more stylish than mere coat hangers, although such are just fine for the average Joe on the average day.
polartomato, Jun 20 2002

       No more wire hangers!
phoenix, Jun 20 2002

       yeah, or just get cable
consumer, Jun 21 2002

       See paragraph #1
polartomato, Jun 21 2002

       Methinks there are a few too many TV's in tomato's household.   

       So NOW we know why martians have antennae. It's for their TV reception back home, and just became a fashion trend.
RayfordSteele, Jun 21 2002

       Off-air reception used to be so poor on our motorhome's television, that once we noticed (like polartomato) how much better it worked when someone was holding on to the antenna, we hired a very pleasant young man from the University of Arkansas and strapped him to the roof of the RV for the summer. Worked out well all the way around: He made a year's worth of pocket money in the course of a summer and got to see parts of the United States he'd never have seen otherwise; We got to enjoy our morning coffee with "perky" Katie Couric of the NBC Today show from Wilmington, California to Wilmington, South Carolina, to Wilmington, Delaware. The only bad moments were in Alabama and Georgia when we were pulled over twice by State Troopers and questioned at length about why we had a perfectly good student strapped to the roof of our vehicle. I explained that my wife was a slave to her "soaps". That seemed to be a sufficient answer to all the male officers we encountered.
jurist, Jun 21 2002

       isn't "perfectly good student", a contradiction of terms?
po, Jun 21 2002

       [jurist], I think you've just given me the solution to my job search problem as mentioned in my "work101.com" idea. (see link)
polartomato, Jun 23 2002

       [polartomato]Kind of funny how that "just happened" to work out, doncha think? Must have been just one more incidence of benign synchronicity.
jurist, Jun 23 2002

       I happened to be flicking through the Sunday People yesterday and there was an article about a man who had baked this.
stupop, Jun 24 2002

       [stupop] or anyone else, do you have a link to this Sunday People character who actually decided to make this thing? That guy, for example, engaged in an act of benign synchronicity. We happened to have the same idea, and made it public at roughly the same time, although I concede that he had it first.   

       As for malignant synchronicity, I think the difference between the kinds lies primarily in whether you are physically maimed or not, whether by flying rotten tomatoes or speeding cars or what-have-you.
polartomato, Jun 24 2002


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