Ever thought of monitoring a patient’s heart rate with the help of blanket that is put on him? Overwhelming thought indeed! However, this could be true, as the University of Toronto’s Responsive Architecture has designed a blanket that turns a model into a 3D representation in no time or measure your heart beat just by tossing it over you. This blanket, which is also named as IM Blanky, includes 104 fabric tilt sensors, features resistors and conductive material that makes it self-aware blanket. Therefore, this blanket is smart enough to know how it is being folded.
This unique pattern of flower and petals makes it stylish as well as functional. The tilt sensors, which are present on the flowers and petals, gets connected to larger network that forms into a hexagonal grid all over the blanket. These sensors dispatch their direction to a central Arduino powered computer system, which then calculates the slopes occurring between the flowers and the petals on the IM Blanky. This in turn gives a 3D representation of the shape of the blanket, no matter how it is laid out.
Although, it is not a traditional quilt, but this blanket is certainly stylish and useful innovation!
Via: Dvice/Gizmodo/University of Toronto