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.Camilla Andersson