Researchers Develop “Magic Carpet” that Detects and Prevents Falls

September 5, 2012 – 10:36 am

A carpet developed by researchers at University of Manchester could help prevent older people from falling by mapping changes in their gait, an article from the Engineer reports. By identifying such changes, the carpet could provide family members and caretakers with warnings of when an elderly person is more likely to fall. It could also be used to detect falls, enabling patients to get help quickly.

The carpet could be installed in patients’ homes and in care homes and hospitals. It could also be useful in physical therapy to monitor improvements in a patient’s gait. The research was presented at the Institute of Physics’ Photon 12 conference, which takes place this week at Durham University in the United Kingdom.

The carpet’s imaging technology could also be used for other purposes, such as detecting the presence of chemical spillage or fires, the Engineer reports.

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  1. 3 Responses to “Researchers Develop “Magic Carpet” that Detects and Prevents Falls”

  2. Is this carpet available to the public? In the last year my husband has broken his hip, fractured both knee caps and Aug 20 2012 broke his right wrist in falls.

    By Dee Dee on Sep 7, 2012

  3. I’m sorry to hear that. Unfortunately I don’t think this carpet is on the market yet, since this is a research project at the University of Manchester. You can learn more about the status of the project by contacting the university: http://www.manchester.ac.uk/aboutus/news/display/?id=8648.

    By camilla on Sep 7, 2012

  4. This is a bit late news. An entirely equivalent floor was developed in Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland already some 5 years ago, see, e.g.:
    http://lib.tkk.fi/Diss/2011/isbn9789526034973/article5.pdf

    Taisto Leinonen, M.Sc.(electronics)
    Lecturer of Medical Electronics with Aalto University and Helsinki University 1969-1974

    By Taisto Leinonen on Sep 11, 2012

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