Want Safer Buildings? Use 'Smart' Bricks
"The difference between a regular brick and a smart brick is a compartment on one side of the smart brick. Inside, researchers have stuffed advanced wireless electronics - sensors, signal processors, a wireless communication link, and a battery, all packaged in one compact unit... The sensors are designed to monitor a building's temperature, vibration, and movement. They send the information wirelessly to a remote computer."
Thanks to Chris Steins