In recent years, technology has come on leaps and bounds, giving rise to Smart appliances and utensils. From coffee machines which you can control with your phone to fridges which tell you when you're out of food, there's always something new, exciting and strange entering our homes and some of them have the power to change lives.
Which is why we were so excited to learn that a very clever team from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany has developed a new technology which could be covering our whole house in the future: Smart Flooring!
Their technology, called GravitySpace, uses a network of incredibly sensitive pressure pads combined with infrared lasers to detect anything pressing on the floor. It can tell the difference between a foot, a knee and even between different people just by tracking the weight and size.
This futuristic flooring is so accurate that it can tell which way you're facing and even how you're standing by how the weight is distributed. That information can then be fed into a video projector across the floor, which can create an interactive environment. This opens the door to a whole new level of virtual reality fun.
But the creators of GravitySpace don't just have their hearts set on futuristic dance-off games (as fun as that would be). This technology can be developed further to create pressure sensitive security systems and automated home technologies. It could also be used in homes with elderly or vulnerable people to make sure that they're safe and haven't fallen.
It may be a long time before we see these in our own homes, but the team are already planning ways to fit the technology into roll-out carpets which can be easily moved between homes. This portable version wouldn't have the video projection, but would still be able to send the information back to a computer. To see how it looks in action, check out the video below.