‘Magic carpet’ developed in Manchester can detect falls

Source: E-Health Insider

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Date of publication: September 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: Scientists in Manchester have developed a carpet that can detect subtle changes in a person’s walking habits, meaning that deterioration in an older person’s mobility can be monitored. The carpet uses optical fibres and tiny sensors to detect changes in pressure when stepped on, which are relayed to a computer that maps a 2D image of walking patterns. This could be incorporated into care homes and hospital wards to reduce the number of falls by the elderly.

Length of publication: 1 page

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