Smart Floors

Learning about interactive smart floors in KS3/4 engineering Showcasing the work of engineering and science, this 4 x 4 metre fully interactive floor is one of the largest of its kind. On exhibition at Sheffield Hallam University, the Smart floor uses load cells hidden underneath the floor panel to detect movement and measure forces moving across the panels. This information is then projected into various simulations
Although relatively new, this technology is incredibly versatile and its applications could be widespread. Incorporating some of the current computer game technology, the Smart floor could be used to help encourage young children to exercise. Current simulation?s look at improving balance, particularly in the elderly or people recovering from certain injuries. As the technology develops, it will hopefully be used by elite athletes for maximum efficiency in training.

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