Widely available personal technology utilised to aid in the regular intake of prescriptive medicine.

An interesting project submitted to the Beagle Board Open Source Design Challenge highlights how simple software that takes advantage of widely diffuse  technological features of Western personal computers could be used to ease the strain of remembering which medication to take and when.

Once it is time to take your medication an alarm sounds at the computer. The alarm will only cease once the computer “sees” you take your medication, (using image recognition software):

The Web cam recognizes your face, and a colored band worn on the finger (the patient has to put this on) helps the system track hand movement. It then watches you take your pills and notes that you have done so, ensuring that you don’t forget you took them and come back for another dose until the proper amount of time has passed

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