Mainstream gait monitoring a step nearer?

Gizmag highlights work at the University of Manchester (UK) on a carpet that could be used to sense changes in a person’s gait: ‘Magic carpet’ can detect and possibly predict falls. It’s a topic that Telecare Aware has reported on from time to time – earliest reference ed. Steve could find June 2006. However, it has always seemed a bit fanciful and geek-driven in comparison with what is available for fall detection now but, with the recent Swiss and Dutch research which indicated that changes in gait can be associated with cognitive changes, perhaps we should be paying more attention if carpet monitoring can indeed be used for problem prediction. A note of American work on sensor carpets is here.