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March 28, 2014 AT 1:00 pm

Students Design Automated Pill Dispenser @Raspberry_Pi #piday #raspberrypi

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Dalrida School Designs Automated Raspberry Pi powered pill dispenser. via Dan Grabham

Winning the secondary school category, this entry stood out amongst some outstanding projects in the category. The judges said it demonstrated good use of the hardware and software as well as showing superb team work. Remembering to take the right number of pills at the right time can be stressful, particularly for those who are elderly or very sick. This automated pill dispenser makes managing medicine easier: the Raspberry Pi connects a pill dispenser with the person’s GP, who can program the administration of the drugs through a website. Correct dosages drop out of the Raspberry Pi controlled pill dispenser at the specified times. Meanwhile, if sensors detect pills haven’t moved once dispensed, an alert is sent to a family member who can remind them.

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