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The SensePad Medication Monitor is a tabletop device for encouraging consistent medication use at home. Through innovative technology and interface design, it provides a uniquely intuitive means for patients with chronic conditions to manage their medication use.
Medication bottles stored in the SensePad are identified via RFID tags affixed to each bottle. Rings around the bottles glow green to indicate successful communication and flash red to alert patients of their medication schedule. Prescriptions can be read on a bright text display by simply placing bottles in the “information zone” on the device. Medication usage data is periodically uploaded to caregivers via an embedded modem. This data allows verification of compliance and potential intervention if medications are missed frequently.
Blackdust performed concept development, circuit design, industrial design, CAD, firmware development, and prototype fabrication. The design included a custom RFID multiplexer circuit. Rapid prototyping techniques were employed to develop the prototype housing.
Prototypes have been demonstrated on C-SPAN and at the Smithsonian Institution. US patents 6,294,999 and 6,380,858 were issued.
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