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I propose a device consisting of a cheap webcam or
scanner and one of those 7 day pill cases with a clear
The system would take a picture of the pills in your pill
case and use optical recognition to determine what pills
If you forgot to take your pills at the
set time it would text
you a reminder, likewise if you removed the pills from the
wrong day or time it would warn you immediately that you
were about to take the wrong dose.
Thousands of people die each year from accidental
overdoses. This would cut down on that. you could even
have a mode to e-mail caretakers or relatives if a patient
forget to take a pill.
||A cheap version that guesses when pills have been taken based on the weight of the pillbox at a given time. Such a scale could serve as an entry level product to the more comprehensive idea you propose.
||Just attach it to the fire alarm, if they have no cell.
||Scare the begeezus out of everyone.
||// they also think they have an everlasting power
||They should have, or at least a long-lasting one.
Maybe a radioactive one.
||This is a pretty good idea and has the additional
virtue that it focusses on the Cinderella subject of
concordance. I feel incredibly passionate about
concordance and the fact that it's ignored,
because that basically makes all medical research
||My thought would be to use a scanner/all-in-one
printer or a webcam as that is a cheap off the
shelf product that a lot of people have. If it was
purpose built, I would make a small platform that
had a webcam below and a fine scale (scales in
that sensitivity start getting somewhat expensive
||The end Idea is to have a pill case that knows
when you have taken your pills and if you took the
right one. I might actually build this project as it
is just off the shelf character recognition and pills
are incredibly reproducable and easily separated
based on shape or color.
||blah blah blah infection blah South Korea blah blah pharmacy puts all the meds in some kind of machine that encapsulates the meds for each day into a long strip, minor modification one tablet per enclosure with printed "take this in the morning of [date]...blah blah