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Magic carpet developed

12th September 2012

Researchers at the University of Manchester have created a carpet which is able to sense if a person falls and make predictions about mobility issues.

Dr Patricia Scully, head of the university research team, said: "The carpet can gather a wide range of information about a person’s condition...[ranging from] biomechanical to chemical sensing of body fluids, enabling holistic sensing to provide an environment that detects and responds to changes in patient condition.The carpet can be retrofitted at low cost, to allow living space to adapt as the occupiers’ needs evolve – particularly relevant with an aging population and for those with long term disabilities. It can also be incorporated non-intrusively into any living space or furniture surface." 

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