Tomorrow Lab | A Product Design and Engineering Consultancy
Web-Connected Medication Adherence Bottle

AdhereTech is a web-connected pill bottle capable of transmitting its information to the web to provide dosage reminders to its user. Designed to improve outcomes, reduce insurance costs, and collect secure data about medication usage, the AdhereTech bottle is an important contribution to the health care technology market.

Tomorrow Lab provided a full 360° service in developing the AdhereTech bottle, including leading the Industrial Design, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and provisional on-bottle Software and Service Design of the product.

The bottle's patented, flexible capacitive sensor is a key product feature which lends a technical ability not found in other products. The capacitive sensor is embedded inside the bottle and allows the bottle to measure the contents inside itself. This data is securely transmitted (along with temperature, humidity, time, and other parameters) to the web as part of AdhereTech's service offering. Tomorrow Lab iteratively developed the flexible capacitive sensor through many variations in form, material, and assembly method to arrive at an appropriate balance of performance efficacy and production cost.

The Industrial Design and Interaction Design of the bottle maintain a balance between the familiar semantics of a medication pill bottle (i.e. child proof cap, cylindrical shape, white plastic), while adding a touch of intelligence and technology (i.e. backlit pill 'gauge' window, base with edge glow, and a rubber foot). The oval shape of the bottle allows better leverage on the cap for arthritic users. An internal lighting and sound scheme calmly alerts the user at appropriate intervals according to the particular medication regiment.

The Mechanical Engineering strategy had to accomodate material selection for FDA compliance, part design for ease of manufacture, and a 2-part strategy for easy assembly. It accomplishes all three of these while also housing a sophisticated battery, antenna, and PCB system. A leaf lever switch embedded in the rim of cap allows the bottle to detect when the cap has been removed or re-applied. These actions are recognized by the bottle's software to initiate connectivity to the web for data transmissions and other actions.

Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Software Programming
Service Design
Industrial Design

Early form explorations of the pill bottle focused on the development and discovery of copper layout designs that created well-performing capacitive measurements of pills inside the bottle.
Custom circuits were iteratively developed in-house using a copper etching technique.
We conducted Ergonomic consideration studies with cardboard mockups to discover the best shape and appropriate dimension envelopes for reaching and dispensing pills.
RGB LEDs were designed into the housing base using a light-piping technique to provide edge-glow along the product's base.
Interaction Design scenarios were created to convey optional user indications, alarms, and warnings using RGB LED lighting patterns.
Early capacitive circuit as shown with custom grounding pattern to reduce noise.
Custom Printed Circuit Boards
Product Renderings
Product Renderings
Service Design, Step 1: Prescriptions & Ordering
Service Design, Step 2: Product Delivery
Service Design, Step 3: Adherence Data
Service Design, Step 4: Returns