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February 16, 2015 AT 1:00 am

Kenneth Shinozuka’s wearable sensors help keep Alzheimer’s patients safe

From Kenneth Shinozuka’s TEDYouth 2014 talk:

My desire to create a sensor-based technology perhaps stemmed from my lifelong love for sensors and technology. When I was six years old, an elderly family friend fell down in the bathroom and suffered severe injuries. I became concerned about my own grandparents and decided to invent a smart bathroom system. Motion sensors would be installed inside the tiles of bathroom floors to detect the falls of elderly patients whenever they fell down in the bathroom. Since I was only six years old at the time and I hadn’t graduated from kindergarten yet, I didn’t have the necessary resources and tools to translate my idea into reality, but nonetheless, my research experience really implanted in me a firm desire to use sensors to help the elderly people. I really believe that sensors can improve the quality of life of the elderly.

Watch the talk on youtube or on TED.com, where you will find access to an interactive transcript.


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