_ "I remember seeing my late-grandfather have difficulty managing his prescriptions for a number of chronic conditions. He had difficulty with the timings and quantities for prescription administration so I was inspired to make PillPal." _ - Phil
What it does
It automatically dispenses pills based on a preset schedule. It also functions as a positive reinforcement mechanism to encourage young children to take their medications consistently.
How we built it
First Phil prototyped and model the entire assembly in SolidWorks. We gleaned inspiration from other medical devices for their smooth contours and easy to clean surfaces, as well as current cutting-edge internet-of-things devices such as the Nest Thermostat and Apple Watch. We fabricated the model out of 3d-printed PLA and laser cut acrylic.
Challenges we ran into
There was a number of difficulties with mechanical tolerances and bluetooth connectivity. (And not eating the candy).
Accomplishments that we're proud of
The elegant exterior and closely integrated electro-mechanical design, we also love the intuitive indicator lights.
What we learned
You can in fact recover from losing all your SolidWorks files halfway through the project that you forgot to save. Also that bluetooth 4.0 is very, very complicated.
What's next for PillPal
We envision PillPal being a household amenity for the growing baby-boomer generation.