Keeping track of when to take one medicine is fairly easy. Two or three is a juggling act. But the average older adult takes five at a time, and many rely on assistance from family members to keep all the pills straight. A gadget called PillDrill aims to help.
The PillDrill hub, shown in the video, can recognise either its own kit's pill bottles, or other pills that have been given compatible labels. The person taking the pill scans the bottle in front of the hub, and the system remembers that they have taken that drug.
The hub sounds an audio and visual alert when it's time for the next dose, and can also remind people through an optional app. Caregivers can run the app on their phones, too, to keep tabs on whether Dad is taking his meds. We're already fans of medication tracking apps like Dosecast, but the caregiver connection, plus the fact that the person taking the pills doesn't need to work the app, mean PillDrill fills a need that current apps don't. The PillDrill set is available for $US199 ($269).