Forget your meds? Try an Internet pillbox

It keeps track of your drugs so you don't have to

Mike Yamamoto Staff Writer, CNET News.com
Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.
Mike Yamamoto

Due to a combination of aging and parental amnesia, we've often noted our appreciation for anything that improves our failing memory. (At least, we think we have.) So even though this device may have been intended mostly for the elderly--we're not there yet, thank you very much--it's something that just about anyone could use.

"MedSignals" is a pill container that automatically keeps track of when you take your medication, beeping when it's time for a dose and making note of each time a lid is opened to avoid duplication, according to Medgadget. The portable device's cradle is even programmed to dial a toll-free number daily to get updated dosage instructions if necessary.

Lifetechniques, the company that makes MedSignals, has already had good results with a previous product--a digital cigarette case designed to cut smokers' consumption. If it can accomplish that, it's got good reason to be confident.