Vitality's GlowCap Solo joins a growing group of products targeting seniors who forget to take their meds. It's basically a pharmacy-style pill bottle with a battery-powered lid that lights up if you fail to open the container when you should be taking your daily pill. If that fails, the device plays a little electronic tune. It's available for $30 on Amazon. What's the wireless angle? None--yet. But Vitality Is also showing off its upcoming connected model, which communicates wirelessly with a small box you plug into the wall, which in turns has the ability to alert the greater world (via satellite, per Vitality) that you've forgotten to take your medication.
Don't laugh--you're going to be hearing a lot more about technologies for seniors as baby boomers retire and age. A company called iVisit is up for an award for a unified communications platform, iVisit RX, developed specifically for healthcare and assisted living purposes. And at a session on SMS short codes, I heard talk of using SMS messages to remind seniors to take their meds. When we're not able to sit at our PCs, we'll still probably be toting our mobile phones around.