Smart floors have existed on the tech scene for quite some time, but their high costs have made it impossible for them to become a regular fixture of everyday household. But that is about to change, as a Germany-based tech company Future Shape has come up with a cheaper solution for it.
Titled SensFloor, this smart rug basically has a bunch of sensors attached to it, and it's installed underneath carpets from where it tracks movements that take place on top of it. It then relays the collected information to a control module, where it is recorded, analyzed and reacted upon.
The cool thing about SensFloor is that despite containing a bunch of sensors inside it, its thickness is just two millimeters, which opens up a number of new avenues for it.
For the time being, however, Future Shape is marketingSensFlooras a specialized product for those elderly people who live alone. In case they suffer any accidents and fall down anywhere on top of SensFloor-powered surface, the sensors inside would send its control unit the signal that they'vepicked up a major bang.The module would in turn alert authorities concerned about the possibility of an emergency situation.
So far SensFloor has only been used in nursing homes and other similar facilities, if it passes these early tests, it wouldn't take long for penitentiaries to come a calling. General home security could also receive a boost through it, as sensors would pick up signs of intrusion.