Asee peer logo

MAKER: Automated Pill Dispenser

Download Paper |

Conference

2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

New Orleans, Louisiana

Publication Date

June 26, 2016

Start Date

June 26, 2016

End Date

August 28, 2016

ISBN

978-0-692-68565-5

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Make It!

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

Page Count

13

DOI

10.18260/p.25607

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/25607

Download Count

1127

Request a correction

Paper Authors

biography

Christopher Chariah Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

visit author page

Christopher Chariah is a senior in the Mechatronics Engineering program at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. He also has a Bachelor’s of Science in Respiratory Care. He hopes to merge his expertise in the medical field with his experience in engineering to develop innovative solutions to human problems. He has published a paper that takes a numerical approach to computing a one story structures response to an earthquake. He is also a member of the Vaughn College UAV Club and is volunteering in an NSF research project.

visit author page

biography

Nicholas Kumia

visit author page

Senior in the Undergraduate Mechatronics Engineering Program at Vaughn College

He graduated high school at the age of 16 and has completed the 4-year Mechatronics Program in 3-years. Recently, He co-founded the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) Club at Vaughn College and has been working as Lead Programmer. He plans to pursue a master's degree in Computer Science to supplement this expertise in Mechatronics Engineering.

visit author page

biography

Jonathan R. Zubarriain Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology

visit author page

Jonathan Zubarriain is a senior in the Mechatronics Engineering program at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. He is co-founder of the Vaughn College UAV Club and has held the position of vice president for two years. He has worked full time as a bench technician while also attending school full time in pursuit of his bachelor’s degrees. As much as he loves acquiring knowledge, he also loves sharing this knowledge with other students by working as a student instructor and tutor. He hopes to one day utilize his experience in an impactful and meaningful way.

visit author page

biography

Shouling He Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

visit author page

Dr. Shouling He is an associate professor of Engineering and Technology at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, where she is teaching the courses in Mechatronics Engineering and Electrical Engineering Technology. Her research interests include modeling and simulation, microprocessors and PLCs, control system designs and Robotics. She has published more than 45 journal and conference papers in these research areas.

visit author page

biography

Hossein Rahemi Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology

visit author page

Dr. Hossein Rahemi is a professor and department chair of Engineering and Technology at Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology. He is the author of two books, Vaughn College Journal of Engineering and Technology (VCJET), numerous conference papers in the areas of solid mechanics, computational mechanics, vibration analysis, fracture mechanics and reliability analysis. He is also a principle investigator for the NSF S-STEM grant and the HIS-STEM grant and a student adviser for a number of technical papers in the areas of mechanics, robotics and industrial automation.

visit author page

biography

Hugh Jack Western Carolina University Orcid 16x16 orcid.org/0000-0003-4299-8561

visit author page

Dr. Jack is not an author.

visit author page

Download Paper |

Abstract

This paper outlines a project idea for an Automated Pill Dispenser (APD) for home usage. It is developed using CAD software, 3D printed parts, Arduino Mega Microcontroller, continuous and non-continuous servos, microchips, optical sensors and a 5 inch LCD display interface to create a cost effective and reasonably priced alternative to the traditional medication dispensers. The design is modular and able to house up to four modules on one control unit. The basic housing for the module consists of three pieces which connect to the control unit which holds the LCD interface. The target users for this project are senior citizens. According to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine, between 2007 and 2009, 99,628 emergency room visits were made by seniors. Two thirds of them were due to accidental overdoses. The design of the machine could be improved by adding a safety measure that would prevent an incorrect amount of pills being dispensed. Aside from this, the current design is effective in showing the potential safety benefits of a low cost at-home pill dispenser.

Chariah, C., & Kumia, N., & Zubarriain, J. R., & He, S., & Rahemi, H., & Jack, H. (2016, June), MAKER: Automated Pill Dispenser Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25607

ASEE holds the copyright on this document. It may be read by the public free of charge. Authors may archive their work on personal websites or in institutional repositories with the following citation: © 2016 American Society for Engineering Education. Other scholars may excerpt or quote from these materials with the same citation. When excerpting or quoting from Conference Proceedings, authors should, in addition to noting the ASEE copyright, list all the original authors and their institutions and name the host city of the conference. - Last updated April 1, 2015