Smart home or office can have now an intelligent carpet. A new kind of floor covering has been invented at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Japan. It determines the weight, age, and sex of the individuals strolling across. Sounds unbelievably but it’s true:
The carpet’s intelligence is derived from a layer of silicone rubber with built-in electrodes that measure the changes in electrical resistance and current flow caused by someone walking across it. Testing has produced a nearly perfect record when determining ages between 20 and 60, and gender is identified with about 75 percent accuracy …
Another advantage of intelligent carpet is a help in positioning of the robovacs. Using carpet embedded microchips it can know what parts of the room it’s hit and what it still has left to do.