Smart Pill Bottle


AdhereTech is a healthcare firm that makes simple and effective medication adherence tools. AdhereTech’s mission is “to build devices and software that seamlessly connect patients to care.” We were approached by AdhereTech to help create the next generation of their smart pill bottle.

AdhereTech’s Smart Pill Bottle

The Smart Pill Bottle is a personal medical device leveraging Internet of Things technologies that accurately senses dosage intake by patients. Caregivers and providers oversee scheduling and the device both assists and monitors patient activity. Other adherence tools require complicated new workflows and set up and usually do not fit seamlessly into patients lives. The smart connected pill bottle works right out of the box with zero setup and nothing new for patients to learn.

“IPS helped us build a really robust, amazing tool because of their honest, transparent feedback.” – Josh Stein, CEO of AdhereTech

Development of the Smart Pill Bottle

Our motive was to design a product that could seamlessly fit into patients lives without causing any disruption in the current workflow but also improving medication adherence for the betterment of patients and caregivers.

Tapping nearly all of IPS’ engineering services and capabilities, our teams have been fully engaged in developing the second generation of the product. During the process, IPS has worked with regulatory bodies such as the FDA, FCC, and UL to help create product requirements for the bottle. Our teams work closely together with AdhereTech to refine the product which includes designing the overall electro-mechanical architecture, conducting trade studies and requirement down selection, coordinating and testing the fabrication of prototypes, implementing the design drawings, and readying documentation for transitioning the design to a manufacturing facility.

“IPS was integral to the process of designing our smart pill bottle so it would function as planned and provide patients with a seamless user experience.” – Josh Stein, CEO of AdhereTech

AdhereTech’s smart connected pill bottle is an Internet of Things device. Take a closer look at our IoT experience here.


A’ Design Award Winner, in the Medical Product Design Category, 2016

GOOD DESIGN Award, 2016


International Design Honor For IPS ‘Smart Pill Bottle’ – Innovate LI

Cooper Hewitt Museum Features Smart Pill Bottle Designed by AdhereTech and IPS in Its “Access+Ability” Exhibit

Key Design Challenges for the AdhereTech Smart Pill Bottle

Design Challenges Faced by Today’s IoT Medical Devices – IoT Institute

CEWIT 2014: AdhereTech and the Next Gen Smart Pill Bottle