GlowCaps Pill Dispenser

GlowCap by Vitality

Industrial Design, Engineering Development, Manufacturing Transfer

The GlowCaps lid replaces the cap from a standard pill vial with a smart, cloud-enabled medication reminder device. Coupled with a plug-in nightlight, the GlowCaps system provides visual, audible, email, text, and phone alerts to support medication management and to promote medication adherence and compliance. When it’s time to reorder medication, a button at the base of the GlowCap® lid allows users to send refill requests to their local pharmacy.

We were responsible for the detail design and manufacturing transfer of the GlowCaps system components. Our engineering team handled the mechanical development of the GlowCaps lid and nightlight / communication hub, including plastics part design, electronics integration, lighting implementation, prototype fabrication and testing, finite element analysis (FEA), and manufacturing transfer and support to the overseas molder and contract manufacturing partner.


GlowCaps required a high-end, rugged, reliable design that also met stringent cost targets. We worked closely with overseas manufacturing partners to optimize the design of the system for both cost and ease of assembly.


GlowCaps was successfully launched to market. A follow-on study performed by Partners Healthcare showed an approximate 90% medication adherence rate for patients using the Glowcaps system versus a 45% adherence rate for the control group. Based on the success of the GlowCaps system, Vitality was subsequently acquired.


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