You Don’t Have to be Big to Make a Difference
While there are many wearable technology projects being worked on by big companies such as Microsoft and Samsung, there is also some important work being done by individuals and small startup companies. One example is the work that is being done by fifteen year old Kenneth Shinozuka. His grandfather suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, and like so many who have this condition, he often wanders around at night, once even getting onto the freeway. Kenneth wanted to do something to help keep his grandfather safe. He developed a sensor that goes in a sock that will send an alert to his phone when pressure is applied to the sensor.
Kenneth won a Science in Action award from the Scientific American Magazine. His invention is currently being tested in a nursing home, and the results are very encouraging. Check out this video of Kenneth at the Google Science Fair talking about his invention.