Most of the pill dispensing and pill reminder systems we’ve seen tend to focus on folks who are homebound or don’t travel much. The MemoBox Smart PillBox and the MemoBox Mini from Britain’s TinyLogics are exceptions to the rule. They both have pretty much the same functionality, the prime difference being their sizes and capacities.
At their heart, they are both Bluetooth connected boxes that can be set up to remind you when to take your pills. The full sized MemoBox comes with a variety of inserts that will let you carry different numbers of pills. The insert can be removed to make room for those annoying blister packs if that’s the way your pills are supplied. The full MemoBox is powered by two button batteries which the company claims will last for up to a year. Besides the supplied four-day, four dosage insert, you can get them in a stack so you can prefill a week’s worth of meds, then pop one set of inserts in each day. There are other insert sizes as well. The much
The much smaller MiniMemoBox has a smaller capacity, but will still hold as many as three doses of meds. So if you take different meds three times a day you’re covered. If you only need to take meds once a day, this will cover you for three days. The Mini has a built-in rechargeable battery that comes with a very short micro-USB cord for charging.
Both boxes work with the free MemoHealth App, available for both Android and iOS. Combined, the app and the box(es) work together to provide both patient and caregiver with timely alarms and reminders. While some of these systems will only register a dose when you tell it you’ve taken a dose, the MemoBox registers that a dose was taken at the appropriate time simply because you’ve opened the box. A small alarm goes off on the boxes, and a light flashes. The alarm is pretty soft, probably too soft for many seniors to hear well. At the same time, a notification goes to your phone and the phone of your caregiver informing them the dose was taken. If you are late on a dose or open the cover more than once too close together, alerts will go out for those incidents as well. The app allows you to specify what meds need to be taken a what time, allow you to set alarms, and show you battery levels on the devices.
I have two relatively minor complaints. The first is that the alarm is simply too soft to be heard by many seniors with hearing issues. Second is that the guides that come with both products are written with lilliputian print, which is really not suited for products aimed at an older, often vision-impaired market.
Here’s a short corporate video: