Kenneth Shinozuka: My simple invention, designed to keep my grandfather safe
Kenneth Shinozuka - Smart product inventor
Kenneth Shinozuka designs smart products ... He's been doing so since he was in kindergarten. Full bio
to Americans' health?
is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
triples by the year 2050,
the rest of the aging population,
for an Alzheimer's patient.
with three generations,
to my grandfather.
were walking in a park in Japan
I've ever experienced in my life,
instance that informed us
had Alzheimer's disease.
his condition got worse and worse,
caused my family a lot of stress.
to keep an eye on him,
to catch him leaving the bed.
about my aunt's well-being
that could help my family's problems,
and I saw him stepping out of the bed.
a pressure sensor on the heel of his foot?
and out of the bed,
increase in pressure caused by body weight
to the caregiver's smartphone.
much better at night
about my grandfather's wandering.
a demonstration of this sock.
my sock model on the stage?
steps onto the floor --
to the caregiver's smartphone.
of my preliminary design.
a sensor-based technology
for sensors and technology.
fell down in the bathroom
about my own grandparents
a smart bathroom system.
inside the tiles of bathroom floors
whenever they fell down in the bathroom.
from kindergarten yet,
tools to translate my idea into reality,
to use sensors to help the elderly people.
the quality of life of the elderly.
that I faced three main challenges:
was actually much harder to realize
that was thin and flexible enough
on the bottom of the patient's foot.
of different materials like rubber,
snugly on the bottom of the foot,
pressure-sensitive ink particles.
between the particles increases.
that would measure pressure
a wearable wireless circuit,
consumes lots of power
about the Bluetooth low energy technology,
and can be driven by a coin-sized battery.
from dying in the middle of the night.
that would essentially transform
into a remote monitor.
my knowledge of coding with Java and XCode
for Bluetooth low energy devices
and reading various textbooks.
to successfully create two prototypes,
is embedded inside a sock,
a re-attachable sensor assembly
that makes contact
for about a year now,
known cases of his wandering.
to beta test my device
care facilities in California,
into a marketable product.
to invent solutions
to wear socks to sleep at night.
on a vast number of patients,
for the disease, possibly.
of a patient's nightly wandering
is when my device first caught
out of bed at night.
by the power of technology
About the speaker:Kenneth Shinozuka - Smart product inventor
Kenneth Shinozuka designs smart products ... He's been doing so since he was in kindergarten.
Why you should listen
When he was six years old, a family friend of Kenneth Shinozuka fell down in the bathroom. The friend was ok -- but the incident inspired him to design a motion detection system that could be embedded in bathroom tiles. He never actually made one in real life (remember, he was only six) ... but he was hooked on both the promise of invention and the potential of technology.
Since then, Shinozuka has designed smart devices for his grandfather, who has Alzheimer's disease. One invention that caught the eye of both the media and awards programs such as the Google Science Fair: a pair of smart socks, designed to send an alert to a caregiver if a patient gets out of bed. In 2014, he won the $50,000 Scientific American Science in Action Award, while he was also a 2014 Davidson Fellow.
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