On a long drive you end up exhausted. Part of the exhaustion stems from having your senses on full alert, but the rest comes from micro muscle adjustments made by your body instinctively to compensate for road bumps and vibrations. Most drivers know all about the aches and pains that develop after hours on the road – circulation pains, hot spots, soreness, and general fatigue. Present seating technology only cushions and muffles bumps and vibrations.
But Smart Seat Technology promises to fix all that. Using expanding polymeric gel technology, a gel that expands 1,000 times its original size, future seats will have the capability of sensing and meeting your body’s needs. Thousands of gel cells will line the seat’s contact surfaces. Pressure sensors will first even weight distribution to alleviate circulation problems. Temperature sensors will cause both a rhythmic pulsing of gel cells and manage a consistent air circulation provided through squeeze-pump capillary tubes. Airflow will dry perspiration at the same time it cools the body.
Under extreme driving conditions, gel cells will dynamically cradle operators, expanding and contracting to even stresses imposed on all contact points. In the event of a crash, gel cells will expand into the shape of a giant saddle horn to hold people in place…. Ouch!
Smart Seat Technology, however, will not be complete without an operator recognition system. With voice recognition, the seat will automatically conform to your own personal profile and take the guesswork out of readjustments.
The three items that people interface most with in their lives are the shoes that they walk in, the beds that they sleep in, and the seats that they sit in. And even though smart seat technology is still only at a conceptual stage in its development, the market for this type of product will
By Thomas Frey