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Student invents device to alert caregivers if the stove is on for too long

Shared by Ana Duarte on 2019-07-19 14:34

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Cooking, or even just boiling water, can be dangerous when the person suffers from dementia.

That’s why Michelle built a device, Sensistove, to help the user know if the gas stove knob is switched on or off. This gadget can be attached to any gas stove with knobs, detecting if it is on or off. At the same time, it will send an SMS to the caregivers, so that they can call the stove user and remind them to switch off the stove or letting them know if it has been on for too long.

“She will only realise the stove is still on when the water boils over. It is very dangerous. There have been many reports of fires breaking out due to dementia patients forgetting to turn off their stoves after cooking”, the inventor explained.

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Michelle Tey, born in Singapore, in 2001, was an ITE College East student when she developed Sensistove, in 2019. It consists of a device to detect if stove knobs are switched off or on. She created this solution because her grandmother suffers from dementia and often forgets to switch off the gas stove while boiling water.

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