Conventional functions of room floors range from mechanical support, convenience, heating and noise reduction to the expression of individual style and design. However, considering the fact that during the day we are mostly in direct contact with the floor one may ask whether it is possible to exploit this close relationship for even more advanced functions.
Based on the SensFloor underlay, which can be installed underneath any established floor covering, the floor becomes a large touchpad that detects the location, the number and the movement of people. This way, a large set of innovative functions can be realized from the domains of Smart Home, Ambient Assisted Living (AAL), multimedia, security, retail and the Internet of Things (IoT). Whereas the functions support the user at any time, the system itself remains invisible and does not interfere with the design of its surrounding.
The SensFloor project is supported by the German Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (FKZ 16SV393X).
SensFloor is "Made in Germany".