St John’s student and the Big Bang Engineering Competition at NEC Birmingham, March 2017

Medication Dispenser 

Matthew Morris designed and made an electro-mechanical device to ensure that people who require tablets, pills and medication on a regular basis, take these on time, accurately, without missing any critical prescribed medication.

The device is programmed using a PIC chip, this has a built in time delay so that medication is dispensed every 6 hours, 4 times a day. A stepper motor rotates to ensure that pods that contain pills and tablets are accessible for the user.

The device illuminates coloured LEDs and ‘bleeps’ a piezo sounder to warn users that their medication is due, overdue and should be taken promptly.

Matthew completed his A level in Systems & Control in July 2016, and is studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of South Wales.

This project was exhibited as part of the Wales Innovation Awards competition in Sept / Oct 2016, awarded a Silver CREST award and selected to complete on the UK stage at The Big Bang Engineering Competition at the NEC, Birmingham March 2017.

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