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Article in Express Newspaper-High tech health! How robots and magic carpets could keep illness at bay



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.”


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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