This challenge is interesting because it involves a subsection of the population that is probably least willing to adopt and learn and new technology; however, technology presents many opportunities for monitoring while allowing individuals to maintain their independence. I like this idea because it utilizes technology in a way that is minimally disruptive to an individual in their life. Home renovations to accommodate an aging resident are very common (installing ramps at the entryways, handrails in the bathroom, etc.). The flooring creates an invisible protection that is not obvious like a wearable device or brace. The ability to create "smart" flooring would also be interesting as it could track a person's movements and alert an emergency contact if the resident seems to be immobile for a long period of time.
Exactly! The article also highlighted another aspect of falls, which is that some can start from a sitting or kneeling position. I think most senior falls are thoughts of as occurring from a standing position which is not always the case. The article describes a time where the writer was weeding her garden and ended up in a seated position unable to stand. If a device or machine is part of the solution, it needs to be able to handle multiple scenarios.