The Smart Pill BoxBy Abbey, Brianna; Alipour, Anahita; Camp, Christopher; Hofer, Chrystal; RESNA 2012 Student Design Competition,
Publication Date: June 13, 2012
Paper outlines the development of a medication device designed to increase medication compliance, monitor medication taking behavior, and communicate with patients, caregivers, and pharmacists. The Smart Pill Box operates on DC power and also has a backup battery. It consists of 24 chambers that are placed in 7 columns made up of 4 rows. The columns represent the 7 days of the week, and the rows represent 4 different dosage times in a day. The user can utilize as many of the chambers as needed in order to accommodate a medication schedule. Each chamber is made with transparent plastic to allow the user to see the medication. A screen is located at the base of the pill box to display notifications to the user. An LED light behind each chamber acts as a notification signal, illuminating when it is time to take medication. It also provides the light source for an ambient light sensor used to detect when a pill is removed from the chamber. If the sensor does not detect the ambient light, it will record that the medication was not taken. A space underneath the pill box allows the user to grasp a column to remove it for traveling or cleaning. The Smart Pill Box is interfaced with a web based mobile phone application that uses Wi-Fi for communication with the device, allowing a pharmacist, caregiver, or user to program the pill box, entering medications, dosing schedules, and instructions. The Smart Pill Box was designed by engineering students at the University of Alberta in Canada and placed as a semifinalist in the RESNA 2012 Student Design Competition.
Published by: Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Website:http://www.resna.org)
Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) (Web Site: http://www.resna.org )
Link to text: http://aac-rerc.psu.edu/wordpressmu/RESNA-SDC/2012/06/13/the-smart-pill-box-university-of-alberta/