Kenneth Shinozuka

Kenneth Shinozuka

SafeWander® Sock Sensor: a pressure sensor for bed departure detection

At the age of 14, Kenneth Shinozuka invented the SafeWander® Sock Sensor: a pressure sensor worn in a sock to alert a caregiver that their patient got out of bed. Kenneth came up with this idea to help his family take care of his grandfather with Alzheimer's who would night-wander. Kenneth coded a mobile app to accompany the pressure sensor and create a wireless monitoring system.

Kenneth won the 2014 Google Science Fair, the WebMD 2015 Health Hero award, and has been featured on NBC News for his sock sensor invention. Kenneth received US Patent 8,736,439 for his invention on May 27, 2014.  

After graduating from Harvard, Kenneth is currently working on his Ph.D. at Oxford, conducting neuroscience research in the Department of Psychiatry on the pathology of Alzheimer’s Disease. He is the Founder and CEO of SensaRx, a New York City-based startup that has successfully launched SafeWander wearable sensor products for bed-wandering detection and fall prevention.

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Teen Invents Sensor to Help Alzheimer’s Patients – NBC News
TEDTalk - Kenneth Shinozuka: My simple invention, designed to keep my grandfather safe
Kenneth Shinozuka is one of WebMD’s 2015 Health Heroes


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