Title

PillTank

College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 3

College of Engineering

Department - Author 3

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 3

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 4

College of Engineering

Department - Author 4

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 4

BS in Electrical Engineering

Date

6-2021

Primary Advisor

Bridget Benson, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department

Abstract/Summary

Imagine an elderly family member, going through their daily routine of taking their pills. They find their pill box; however, they are having trouble identifying all the pills in there. Is there a name on the tablet? Can they read what it says? Do they just trust that the medication in their box is correct? How can they properly take care of themselves if they can not even confirm that what they are taking is the right medication? To combat this issue that many face, we present PillTank.

To decrease the risk of consuming the wrong medication, PillTank identifies the pills being taken and ensures people, especially senior citizens, are correctly adhering to their treatment. To make PillTank simple, it is stripped down to its bare bones - a platform, camera, and an electronic screen. Emphasizing accessibility, accuracy, and speed, the user can simply place their pills on PillTank’s platform and a recognition algorithm will run. A detailed description of the pills will then be displayed on a large electronic screen. The history of scanned pills is then saved, which can provide family members or healthcare professionals insight as to what medication someone may be taking.

While the initial form is a stand-alone device, PillTank can be expanded on to include voice recognition and an audio feedback system. Depending on the use case, this flexibility allows us to broaden our audience, all while ensuring that people stay safe and healthy by knowing what pills they are taking. Overall, PillTank removes the challenge of reading the fine print on pills by identifying them for the user, and allows users to consume their medication responsibly and safely.

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