A Japanese professor has created robotic floor tiles that anticipate a user's steps and automatically position themselves beneath his or her feet.
The wheeled, moving tiles are covered with a proprietary fiber called Kuralon EC. Developed by Japanese textile maker Kuraray, it incorporates nanometal composite technology.
Attached to the tile like a carpet, two layers of the electrically conducting fiber detect foot pressure. The tile then sends information about the user's predicted step to a computer controlling tile positions.
University of Tsukuba professor Hiroo Iwata developed the infinite walking surface as an artistic display, which was showcased at … Read more