Every year, more things are invented that make our lives easier. And not all are invented by grown-ups... read on!
IRVING, CA - Kenneth Shinozuka’s grandfather, Deming, has Alzheimer’s, a disease of the brain. Deming often wanders at night. Once, the police found him near a busy road in his pajamas! When Kenneth was 15, he came up with an idea: he invented a thin sensor that he placed on the bottom of Deming’s sock. When weight is put on the foot, the sensor sends an alert to a caregiver's smartphone. Deming used the sensor for 6 months and it was able to detect all 437 times he started to wander! Kenneth's sensor is now being used to help others with Alzheimer’s.
MONTREAL, CANADA - When Anya Pogharian, 17, was assigned a science project for school, she remembered her time spent volunteering at a hospital dialysis unit. When people’s kidneys are not working properly, they need dialysis treatments to clean their blood. These are often done by big machines costing around $30,000. Anya was able to make a machine that cost only $500 and was a lot smaller. Anya's machine filtered about 4 quarts of blood in only 25 minutes; she had thought it would take 2 ½ hours! Anya hopes to have the new dialysis machines ready for sale in a couple of years.
ROCHESTER, MN - While working on a school science project, Ethan Manuell, 14, made a very important discovery: Exposing hearing aid batteries to air for 5 minutes before use can extend their life by as much as 80%! Ethan has won several awards for his discovery.