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This Pill Bottle Is a Smartphone Wannabe


To help patients take their medications on time, AdhereTech is remaking that ubiquitous orange bottle and giving it a high-tech facelift with the addition of lights, speakers, a 45-day-long battery, 3G and LTE capabilities, and sensors that measure humidity and how many pills are left in the bottle.

“We’ve built cellphone technology into the bottle,” said Josh Stein, the CEO of the New York City-based startup. “The bottle [will be] constantly connected to the cloud, just like a cell phone. Patients don’t have to link it to WiFi or Bluetooth. They don’t have to set it up in any way.”

That also means that if patients are treading internet-less territory, their AdhereTech bottle could still remind them they need to take their meds. Even if the connection to 3G or LTE is poor, the bottle should still be able to transmit its bite-sized 1-kilobyte readings to the company servers without a problem, Stein claims. This is important because non-adherence costs the healthcare system billions of dollars annually.

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