A ‘smart carpet’ designed by scientists at Manchester University can help to predict mobility problems and detect when someone has fallen.

Optical fibres are laid on the underlay of a carpet, these bend when they are walked on which transmits real time data about walking habits.

The data can then be used to identify subtle changes in walking behaviour which could highlight the risk of a fall.

An interdisciplinary team at the university first pioneered the technology in 2005 and are now exploring the uses.

Read more about the smart carpet on The Engineer.

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