There are 285 million visually impaired people around the world.According to a study performed at the University of College London, a third of the elderly population (age 65 and older) is in danger of premature death due to misunderstanding medicine labels. A study of low-income patients carried out at Northwestern University showed that nearly half of even visually able participants misinterpreted at least 1 out of 5 prescriptions labels presented. With the disparate education and literacy levels across the world, MediTake has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people.
What it does
MediTake helps visually impaired people in taking the medicine as prescribed by the doctor. With the help of conducting material on the bottom and creating different patterns on the bottom of the bottle, our application is able to recognize different multi-touch patterns and distinguishing different medicines.
Challenges we ran into
The challenges we faced were during the prototype development using different conducting material. We had trouble in adjusting the conducting material on the pill bottle such that people can easily use it the way we were using it. We also faced a challenge during the testing of different conducting material.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
1st Hackathon for 2 of the team members. Working with conducting material and successfully completing the project on time with the application.
What we learned
We learned a lot about conducting material and material science. How different conducting material can be used to generate touch patterns on the screen.
What's next for MediTake
We will try to work on future updates where we will have our application responding to dialogs and user's voice so that full application can be used by saying voice commands and quick gestures in order to make it more adaptive and accessible to the visually impaired population.