The name “FeltYou” is a literal translation of the Dutch word “viltje”, which is what we call chair glides: the things that prevent the chair from scratching the floor. We figured it would be nice to give the chair glides some weighing functionality, so that you can detect if someone is sitting on the chair. This can come in handy to see if elderly people are not sitting in a chair when they normally are; an indication that something might be wrong. It’s not as intrusive as carrying an accelerometer with you all day for example.
For the first prototype I used an rfd module, since we were already programming those. Next, I added a thin force sensor and connected that via a voltage divider to the rfd module. To keep the prototype a bit small, we used paper with a silver ink marker to connect to the battery. The casing is 3D printed and should provide enough protection for the electronics not to be sqeezed.
28 November 2014