The advent of "smart" carpets
LONDON — U.K. researchers have shown off a "magic carpet" that can detect falls and may even predict mobility problems, according to the BBC.
Beneath the carpet, which was demonstrated at the Photon12 conference in Durham, U.K., is made of a mesh of optical fibres that detect and plot movement as pressure bends them, changing the light detected at the carpet's edges, the article stated.
According to the article, these deflected light patterns help electronics "learn" walking patterns.
The aim of researchers, who are based at the University of Manchester, is to address the high number of falls experienced by the elderly, a leading cause of mortality among those over 70, which cost the National Health Service (NHS) millions each day, the article noted.