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Reuters News Reporter visits our lab to film the “Magic Carpet”

http://uk.reuters.com/video/2012/10/08/magic-carpet-a-hi-tech-safety-net-for-el?videoId=238243515

“Magic” carpet, a hi-tech safety net for elderly care (2:59) 

In September, Jim Dury from Reuters News Agency visited us to film our Magic Carpet. You can see the link above to the film Reuters made. Prof Kriko Ozanyan and Dr Patricia Scully were interviewed and PhD student Jose Cantoral Ceballos was filmed walking on the carpet.

“Oct. 8 – Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a prototype carpet containing plastic optical fibres which can detect the pressure exerted by someone when they fall or change their gait while walking. The carpet is connected to a computer system and is designed for use in assisted living facilities where fall-related injuries are common.”

Someone, we think it is Reuters, also developed a nice cartoon to show our carpet working. The idea is not quite right, but we really like the cartoon and would like to know who produced it! Here is the youtube link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik9WpckmIKY

 

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About Patricia Scully

Senior Lecturer in Sensor Instrumentation in The Photon Science Institute and the School of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science. Senior academic with experience of leading industrial and research council/government funded research projects at national and international level. Research interests: Optical sensing and measurement Photonic devices Optical fibre sensors Femtosecond lasers for photonic structuring Polymer optoelectronics Assistive technology for healthcare applications Polymer optical fibre Optical fibre technology Distributed sensing Functional optical coatings Energy harvesting and wireless monitoring

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