Sensor technology and the internet have been permeating our homes. More recently, people realized that floors could change the building designs of our homes, the furniture styles and generate some energy. The smart floors have electronics that detect the weight, movement, pressure and any other important data that would help in traffic control, improve the construction methods, interior designing and help when planning for security in a building. Read below to find out more about smart flooring.
Smart Flooring - A Good Option For Your Home?
Gathering of Data
Some of the smart technologies are already in the market and will have a huge impact on the smart systems in our home, businesses and government applications.
The smart flooring comes as a thin layer of sensors that the builder installs into textiles. The layer uses radio signals to send any data that it collects to the central data warehouse. For example, nursing homes have nurse’s station that receives alerts whenever the smart flooring detects someone has fallen.
Generation of Electricity
Apart from tracking the movements of occupants, some of the new products are capable of generating electricity too. Some smart flooring has piezoelectric effects to the intelligent flooring models. Each tiles are fit with a sensor capable of detecting movements and producing some energy at the same time by changing magnetic fields. Each time a person steps on a tile, it generates around 7W of energy, which they store in batteries for use in lighting. The floor hides the many circuits benefit the tile, making the flooring look normal.
Smart homes are evolving and the same is happening to the flooring. There are many technological solutions, but none is a standard. However, it might not take long before we start generating power for our homes by walking around. That will be a great way of living off the grid. And, if you fall on the smart floor when walking to your kitchen, the smart flooring might save your life.