Memo Box, the smart pillbox that reminds you to take your medication
While forgetting to take the trash out might irritate your better half, forgetting to take your medication could have far more serious consequences. Memo Box is a device designed to replace the familiar plastic seven-day pill boxes that works in conjunction with a smartphone app to ensure you and your loved ones take prescribed medication at the right time, and in the right dose.
The Memo Box (referred to as a "she" on the Tiny Logics' website), measures 3.93 x 2.99 x 0.86 in (100 x 76 x 22 mm) and weighs 2.46 oz (70 g), so it can be easily carried in a pocket or handbag. Interchangeable inner boxes make Memo Box suitable for storing a variety of contents including pills, vitamins, blister backs and eye drops, although larger sizes are planned to carry inhalers and insulin pens.
The team likens their device to a central nervous system, with the Memo Box system consisting of a "brain" (cloud computing servers), "sensors" (hardware which tracks the user’s access to its contents), and "nerve fiber" (wired and wireless technology which seamlessly syncs information across the hardware, companion app and server).
Tiny Logic points out that no sensor can yet determine whether someone has actually swallowed their pills or not, so it chose to focus on giving Memo Box the ability to learn. Algorithms allow the Memo Box to learn the user's intake habits and with occasional feedback from said user, Memo Box becomes more intelligent over time and makes smarter decisions.
For example, it figures that if you haven’t opened the box, you haven’t taken your pill. And based on your habits and feedback, it also works out the odds of whether you may have opened the box by accident.
Working in conjunction with the companion app, the intelligent alarm only reminds you when you forget to take your medication, and disables upcoming alarms when you've taken the scheduled dose. That means no pesky alarms reminding you to do something you’ve already done. There's also a double dose alert that detects when your Memo Box has recently been opened and asks whether you’ve already taken that dose. Memo Box will even notify you when you forget to bring your medication with you after leaving the house.
A handy feature is the remote family monitor, which lets you keep an eye on medication dosing for other people. If your kids need to take medication while at school, or your elderly parents miss a dose, Memo Box comes to the rescue again with a message on your smartphone, such as: "James, your mom might have forgotten to take her pills, would you like to call her?"
The battery life is decent, too, with four button batteries estimated to last a year with typical use. The companion app is compatible with iPhone 4s, 5c, 5, 5s, 6, 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S 4/5, Samsung Note 3, Google Nexus 4/5 and Android 4.3 BLE devices and above. Just because Memo Box has a life-saving role to play, doesn’t mean it can’t look good. It is available in three colors: cherry blossom pink and silver ivory white – both with silver aluminum – and oxford blue with space grey aluminum.
Tiny Logics was founded in Cambridge, United Kingdom by Shan Lu and Meichen Lu, two college students who wanted to help their parents overcome problems with taking medication. The pair had no experience with sourcing electronic components, industrial design or manufacturing, but they taught themselves CAD software, and drew together a team of engineers and designers, as well as attracting expertise from a top-tier manufacturer.
They have taken to Kickstarter in an attempt to raise £30,000 (US$48,000) and get the device off the ground. The lowest pledge level has been filled, leaving £28 (US$45) as the minimum pledge to reserve a Memo. If all goes to plan, the team aims to begin shipping devices by May 2015.
The team's pitch video can be viewed below.
Source: Tiny Logic