15-year-old Kenneth Shinozuka, whose grandfather has advanced Alzheimer’s, has invented a pressure sensor that when worn on the bottom of the foot or with a sock can send an alert to a caregiver’s smartphone.

”Not only did Shinozuka come up with the gadget from scratch and teach himself how to make it, but he’s also beta testing it on patients at an assisted living facility in Irvine, California,” reports NBC News.

His gadget has already won him a $50,000 prize and “Science in Action” award from Scientific American Magazine.

Eventually the young engineer wants to work as a neuroscientist to “solve some of the mysteries of the brain, and invent tools to ultimately, I think, cure Alzheimer’s.”

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