August 21, 2013
When I first heard the term intelligent carpet, I figured it was carpet with a new and improved feature, like extra stain resistance or wicking abilities. It turns out it really is intelligent … well, as intelligent as carpet can get.
This carpet, invented in Japan, has electrodes built into a special under-layer of rubber. These electrodes measure electric resistance and changes in the current flow as people walk across your carpet. And what does it find out you ask? It can fairly accurately determine a person’s age, gender and weight. These factors can then be used to determine that persons walking speed, foot size, stride, and center of gravity. I leave it to you to imagine why one might want to know these factors about people who walk on their carpet.
There is another intelligent carpet, invented in Germany, that serves more practical purposes. It can be used to change the temperature or lighting in a room when someone walks in. It can also be used to call emergency services if someone is lying motionless on the floor. Just don’t take a nap on the carpet! Lol!
Julie Rosenfeld serves as an Administrative Assistant for Aaron’s Quality Cleaners, a carpet-cleaning company that services the Fresno and Clovis (CA) areas. She is the author of “Julie’s Corner” and provides information and perspective on topics related to the carpet-cleaning industry.
Aaron’s Quality Cleaners performs carpet cleaning, tile cleaning, aggregate cleaning and upholstery cleaning in Fresno, Clovis, Madera and Sanger.