THE MAGIC CARPET
Falls in the home are the most common reason for hospital admission among over-65s.
Researchers at the University of Manchester have pioneered a carpet which detects if the occupant of the house has taken a tumble.
Using sensors on the underlay which relay information to a computer, the system picks up sudden changes in movement. It can also detect subtle changes in gait which could indicate a mobility problem.
The magic carpets could soon be fitted in homes, geriatric wards and care homes.
Professor Chris Todd who is working on the project says: “Falls are a really important problem for our ageing society. More than a third of older people fall each year.
“The carpets can gather a wide range of information.”