Credit: Hasso-Plattner-Institut

GravitySpace shows how floors will smarten up (w/ video)

January 24, 2013 by Nancy Owano

(—Year of the smartphone? So yesterday. Year of the smart room? So promising. In scientific circles, conversations are moving down from smart doors, fridges, stoves, and toilets, as computer scientists visit and revisit the technology potential of smart floors. With enhanced sensory powers, the idea is to have floors able to interact with the persons walking on them. The floor gets to “know” its own geometry as well as people’s actions, and can display interactive video.

With this potential in mind, a team from the Hasso Plattner Institute in Germany have a research project called GravitySpace.

At the Institute, the project team members are Alan Bränzel, Daniel Hoffmann, Marius Knaust, Patrick Lühne, René Meusel, and Stephan Richter supervised by Christian Holz and Dominik Schmidt at the Human Computer Interaction Lab of Prof.Patrick Baudisch. They are exploring high-resolution pressure-sensitive floors as a way to track people and furniture in smart rooms. They see the device as a potential forerunner to pressure-sensing floors in people’s homes.

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