If I was going to buy/kickstart a project like this, I would want something that had a very long battery life (and that had a visible battery level indicator). The bottle form factor isn't particularly important to me, as long as it's an air-tight container that is fairly lightweight, and as long as it has a child-safe cap.
I would want the batteries to be easily replaceable (none of these little watch batteries that cost a small fortune and are hard to find).
I would want it to work anywhere in my house, but also still track things whenever if I'm taking the bottles with me on a trip or something. The most obvious solution for this is to have it log locally, but then report the log via bluetooth or WiFi whenever a connection (such as my phone) is within range.
I would want it to be relatively cheap (so I could buy a different bottle for each set of pills).
I would want to be able to set up medicine schedules on my iPhone or Android, and then receive notifications whenever I need to take a particular medicine (and escalating alerts if I continually fail to take them).
It would also be nice to have some sort of mechanism for tracking the number of pills put inside the bottle (and then subtracted per the schedule every time the bottle is opened), so I would know when I was getting low and needed to order more medicine/vitamins.
For added bonus: Implement a weight sensor that can detect when the contents of the bottle have changed.
I've got a patent on that - Lol. I actually cofounded a company that is in this space, Medication Adherence. Its a very curious field. Everyone says they really really care about it but its really hard to build a business around. Theres been a lot of different attempts at solving the problem but very few have gained any kind of real traction. This one is a bit like the Pillsy bottle https://www.pillsy.com, but theres plenty more of dosette like solutions (https://www.pilldrill.com) through to dispensers (https://www.lifeline.philips.com/business/medicationdispensi...). We went for a weight based solution but have largely shelved it to focus on other area.
As a side note you can buy “pill timer” bottles on amazon with a clock counter since they were last opened if you want a quick solution to this instead of the hacking fun. But beware most of the brands and models aren’t child safe.
Thanks for the comment!
Jim's friend comes over to his house and says, "Jim I understand you got some medicine for your memory. Tell me, does it work?"
"Oh yes", says Jim. "Works like a charm."
"Well I'd like to get some of that medicine for myself. What's the name of it?"
"Oh the name of it....", says Jim. "I can't remember. What's the name of that flower?"
"Oh I don't know" says Jim's friend. There's so many. Is it a tulip?"
"No. It's that flower you take on a date with a woman."
"Oh is it a carnation?"
"No, no. It's the romantic one. It's red, and long stemmed."
"Oh you must mean a rose!"
"Yes that's it", says Jim. "ROSE WHAT WAS THE NAME OF THAT MEDICINE THE DOCTOR GAVE ME FOR MY MEMORY?"
Usually I just have to think really hard about it or (more likely) wait an hour and see if the morning brain-fog lifts. I don't want to accidentally double up for obvious reasons, but in the worst case, I just skip the AM dose to be sure and take the noon dose a little earlier if it becomes obvious I missed it in the morning.
Nothing like trying to remember if you took your medication to improve poor focus and attention, right? ;)
Is it, there are surely very few things that one does as consciously, as 'aware', and as 'deliberate' as meditating?
Who ever said 27 is too young for assisted living?
I took a 1"x1"x6" piece of wood, put S M T W R F S on the side, drilled 7 holes on top, and I use a thumb screw that I move when I've taken my pills today. A golf tee or nail would also work.
I wanted to know that she was not only taking her medication but also the correct dosage, when she was opening the bottles, and when she was taking them. A minibar but for meds, basically. I did this not because I'm a control freak but because managing her care was difficult. I also wanted to be able to coordinate the issues she raised with her doctors with more precision than "well she took x last week." I also did it because I was irritated with how frequently she was taking her oxy. Yeah, I guess I was a little of a control freak. :)
From the day she was diagnosed up until the day before she died, I'd like to think being a hacker really benefited her. Two days after her diagnosis, between bouts of cries, I scraped for every article I could find about her disease, parsed out the authors, ran their names through a bunch of residential proxies with headless Chrome, searching for their name and if they were involved in any clinical trials ("+trials"). If they were, I sent them a blanket email asking for a second opinion.
Ultimately, she received very precise care from a resource that wasn't originally available. I like to think benefited her for the long haul, but I suppose we'll never know.
My mom doesn't have cancer anymore. She passed away late October of last year. I named a Ruby framework after her, as writing it was my mental vacation from being her full-time caretaker for the last 75 days of her life.
On second thought, she really hated when I would talk to strangers on the internet. Oh well!
ps. hi mom!
1) I don't want my medication habits online at all, even if it intended to help me. I'd be more open to a way to run this locally. I expect assisted living centers would, as well.
2) This puts technical points of failure into a process that is already reasonably solved by daily pill containers.
For anybody looking for lower-tech (no web service), pre-made solution, TimerCaps work well. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HJCYGX4/
Personally, I use habit tracking app to check in every night to mark I took my pills.
(* and that if you're taking them as you go, you'll probably be physically incapable/less inclined to continue far enough after a certain point)
Oh this drives me _nuts_. I ended up keeping a small Leatherman knife in the bathroom to slice through the paper/foil in the middle of the pack and peel the covering to each side.
what most people end up doing is using a pill organizer (per days or per days+ampm). this way you can by visually inspecting the organizer (most are transparent) if you took your pills.
i think this could be coupled with a smart pill organizer to send you reminders if time for a specific slot has passed and you didn’t take your pills.
I could see this being handy for as-needed meds, however
Remember, talk to your doctor if you're still in pain and they can discuss if a higher dose is right for you.
In this case, I think it is not necessary to make a comment if you add the subtitle in the title. Something like "Memory Pill: passively records the last time a medication bottle was opened"
The guidelines ask to use the original title, but you can use the subtitle in these kind of cases where the title is not very descriptive. I just cut it so it has less than 80 characters.