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Small Impact Detecting EL Display Carpet

Mitigate those situations in which the only logical explanation can be “the carpet ate it”.
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A carpet that has electroluminescent fibre enwoven into it, and also very fine piezo electric fibre similarly enweaved into it, and an embedded microcontroller(s). Sensor readings will structure a window of discrimination of impact detection. The system would discriminate between the impact of dropping a large object (pretty obvious), or footsteps from various people and animals, or any other acceptable impact, and ignore all of those.

It would be especially tuned to act upon the dropping of small items, bits, components, things that you’re either taking apart or assembling. Things that are small, weigh almost nothing, and are essential and crucial parts of something. Things that will inevitably drop to the floor, and then cause you to waste a half hour scouring for it with a torch, only to not find it because the carpet ate it.

This system would cause an image of groupings of EL fibres to be able to display a bloody great big bright arrow, pointing to exactly where said crucial part hit the floor, and where it actually ended up, using carpet graphics.

Ian Tindale, Sep 07 2010

Muscle fabric EAP_20cilia_20tape
Couple this with that [neelandan, Sep 08 2010]


       I don't think this would help much.   

       In my experience, I drop a small item (such as a screw from my glasses) and I see where it hits the floor. On hitting the floor, the screw bounces off out of sight.   

       The 'magic' carpet would show me the point of first impact, but it would also need to show me the direction the item took after that impact.   

       How would the carpet detect that the screw had bounced off into the small space below the heaviest item in the room, or into my shoe, or into the cat etc?   

       Secondary impacts of a small item skating across the carpet would be very small. Do sensors exist which can detect milinewton forces while being sufficiently resiliant to tolerate walking, moving furniture etc?
Twizz, Sep 07 2010

       A splendid concept. You would also be able to track the path of the many small insects and bugs that navigate their way across your carpet.
DrBob, Sep 07 2010

       That’s a feature, not a bug. Oh, I see your point.
Ian Tindale, Sep 07 2010

       The kids will be able to play Avatar in the dark. (+)   

       I forsee new versions of Twister and other games, dance steps displayed in real time, furniture layout projections, full floor video for walking on the moon, on grass, or 30,000 feet up, stain hiding, animations to play with (or find) babies, cats, and dogs, new kinds of burglar alarms. Bake this and you'll make a fortune. [+++++++++++++++++]
Voice, Sep 07 2010

       Smart carpets. Smarpets. +   

       Also, I think we've done undulating carpet fibres for waste removal, [bigsleep]? I could be wrong.
daseva, Sep 07 2010

       I'd like to see this in AstroTurf on a large scale.
DrWorm, Sep 07 2010

       After an hour or so, I eventually found the angled 6- way pin connector that was part of a microcontroller I was about to assemble. It was under a sofa that was not really anywhere near where I was sitting at my desk. There’s simply no way it could have got there without alien intervention.
Ian Tindale, Sep 07 2010

       [+] A wonderful idea, and [Twizz]'s objection only makes it more interesting. With enough work, I believe you could developing a program for the microcontroller that could recognize the secondary impacts as part of the same event that caused the primary one, and infer the present location of the dropped item. After all, isn't this similar to what CERN does with raw LHC data?
mouseposture, Sep 08 2010

       A sofa with cushions programmed to spit out dropped objects <link>
neelandan, Sep 08 2010

       //After all, isn't this similar to what CERN does with raw LHC data?//   

       "Good news - we've found the Higgs boson! It was under the sofa all along."
Wrongfellow, Sep 08 2010


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