New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
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
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