‘Magic carpet’ can detect or even predict a fall
Researchers have shown off a “magic carpet” that can detect falls and may even predict mobility problems.
Falling over or losing your balance, this costs the NHS millions of pounds each day and it is a leading cause of mortality among over-70s.
The carpet was demonstrated at the Photon12 conference in Durham, UK. Beneath the carpet is a mesh of optical fibers that detect and plot movement as pressure bends them, changing the light detected at the carpet’s edges.
The developers see its primary use in care homes or hospital wards, to raise an immediate alarm in the case of a fall.
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