Shinozuka's grandfather is one of the 5.2 million Americans dealing with Alzheimer's and among the 65% given to wandering, especially at night.
Shinozuka's grandfather suffered many accidents because his caregiver, Shinozuka's aunt, would seldom wake up when he started wandering. Once, police found him on a freeway two miles away from his home.
To help his grandfather and millions of other patients and caregivers, Shinozuka created a system that wirelessly triggers an alert on a caregiver's smartphone when a patient steps out of bed.
To make this system work, he created a super-thin film sensor printed with pressure-sensitive, electrically conductive ink and a coin-sized wireless circuit that can either be embedded in a sock or attached to a foot or shoe. When a patient steps out of bed, pressure causes the system to send an alert to an app that Shinozuka also designed and coded.
During Shinozuka's six-month trial, his prototypes detected 100% of the 437 known times that his grandfather started wandering out of bed, without any false alarms. He is also using the sensor data to study whether there's any correlation between his grandfather's daily activities and whether he wanders at night.
Kenneth Shinozuka who is only 15-year-old from New York City, even won a spot as one of Google's 15 Global Science Fair finalists for his project about finding a way to stop Alzheimer's patients from wandering at night.
It is really amazing how love for someone can push you to a great invention! Congratulations Kenneth and I hope your skills will help even more in the future! Keep up the good work!
Credits: Safe Wander
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