Vancouver high school student, Raymond Wang’s invention would decrease airborne germs by 55% in an airplane cabin

Inventor Raymond Wang. Photo courtesy of Kathy Wolfe and Intel.

Inventor Raymond Wang. Photo courtesy of Kathy Wolfe and Intel. 

Audrey Magazine:

The worst area to contract germs is when you’re stuck in an airplane cabin, breathing air that is essentially being recycled by you and the other passengers. Bacteria found in the common cold, e.coli and listeria have all been found in airplanes.

Thankfully, this may soon change! Vancouver high school student, Raymond Wang, recently shared his invention at the Intel Science and Engineering Fair. According to, Wang’s invention would improve and produce fresh air flow by nearly 200% and decrease airborne germs by 55% in an airplane cabin. His inspiration for research came from the scary Ebola outbreak from last fall as well as the shocking statistic he found from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention:

“If a passenger has a disease such as H1N1 and walks into a plane’s cabin, he has the potential to spread the disease to as many as 17 other passengers on the flight.”

A project that would help promote clean air sounds like quite expensive, but it’s not! Wang’s prototype only cost him $10 to create and he estimates that it would cost $1, 000 to update an entire plane and it can be installed quickly. The airplane will be able to produce a clean airflow the very next day.

Wang has already applied for a patent on his currently unnamed invention. Fingers crossed, we will soon be breathing comfortably while traveling! In the mean time, we should all be extra careful and courteous about washing our hands and staying clean.


Teenager Kenneth Shinozuka invents device to help keep wandering Alzheimer’s patients safe 

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Kenneth Shinozuka is only15-years-old, but he already has a goal in life: He aims to discover a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Until that day comes, it seems that Shinozuka spends his time trying to find ways to make things just a little easier for patients with Alzheimer’s as well as those who take care of them.

Specifically, Shinozuka invented a pressure sensor that is worn with a sock (or on the bottom of the foot) and can detect an increase in pressure. This then wirelessly sends an alert to a caregiver or family member’s smartphone.

The ultimate goal of the device is to alert the caregiver if the patient wanders. NBC News points out an alarming statistic from the Alzheimer’s Association which says “of the estimated five million Americans with the disease, about 60 percent of them wander — and often become dangerously lost — as a result.”

Shinozuka came up with the idea for his device, called “Safe Wander,” because his own grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and often wandered out of bed. Shinozuka first used the device on his grandfather for 6 months and it detected each dangerous moment that he wandered out of bed in the middle of the night– all 437 times.

I hope that my device will ultimately reach out to the tens of millions of wandering patients around the world and also relieve the burdens on their caregivers,” Shinozuka said.

Most impressive of all, Shinozuka came up with the idea and built the device from scratch. He’s currently testing it out in willing facilities. Many of the caretakers who try the device are delighted with the Safe Wander and say its much less obnoxious than the loud alarms used in most facilities.

I’d like to solve some of the mysteries of the brain, and invent tools to ultimately, I think, cure Alzheimer’s and other mental conditions that our aging population suffers from,” says Shinozuka.

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