The bottles were designed after carrying out a survey of existing products and end-users identified a number of limitations with available pill bottles. According to the press release, the key features of the design comprise:
The whole project has been extremely well documented over at the project’s blog where you can get a great snapshot of what kind of thought goes into redesigning a medical device with a user-centered focus. Alex and Ashley have applied for a provisional patent on their design, and the project has already landed them 1st prize at the “Innov8 For Health” business concept competition.
- A lid on “hinges” that flips open, as lost caps are a problem for the visually impaired. And twist caps can be a challenge for the elderly. (At the same time, the students’ flip lid is child proof.)
- A small rectangular bottle body, 2-by-2 inches wide and 3-inches tall, that allows a user to easily reach in and pick out a pill or two without the need to pour out a larger supply into the palm for subsequent selection of the required dosage. In addition, this “stout” design prevents the bottle from tipping over and spilling the medication.
- A distinct texture on the bottle’s flip lid. There are eight distinct textures available. Each distinct texture would correspond with a different medication. Importantly, the distinct textures are not Braille, as only 10 percent of the blind and visually impaired can read Braille.
- The lid would also sport a dramatic, deep color – different medication differentiated by a different-colored lid. The reason for this is that many visually impaired individuals do have limited sight, such that they can make out a strong color that is close to the eye.
- A “fail-safe” audio button on the lid could be pressed for an audio statement on the medicinal contents.
Press release: UC Students Design a Better Pill Bottle for the Blind and Visually Impaired…