Never miss a dose with smart pillbox

The iSort is a new TimerCap Bluetooth enabled seven-day pillbox that sends reminders to an app on a mobile device (iOS and Android) reminding patients and caregivers when to take the medication or even when a dosage has been missed.

The TimeCap app records when the doors of the pillbox are opened and closed, so there’s no mistaking when the medication has been taken. This not only keeps the patient on a set schedule but also eliminates the guessing game of whether a medication has been taken or not and when.

You can combine multiple prescriptions since the on-board memory retains history of dosing intervals even when the battery operated (2 AAA) iSort is away from the paired mobile device

Caregiver notifications let them know if the medications are being dispensed on schedule with exactly what and how many meds are to be taken.

You can pair up to six devices with the iSort, which has red and green built-in LED indicators.

The iSort measures 1 3/8-by-9-by-2 3/8-inches, weighs 6 ounces and is built with a magnetic latch. $89.95


Fingerprints have long replaced combinations for touchscreen devices and now finding a key or remembering a combination for the Tapplock padlock is not an issue, assuming the fingerprint you have with you has been registered to the lock.

When you want the lock unlocked, just put one of the stored fingerprints on the front facing sensor, and the lock unlocks instantly. Tapplock advertises the time as 0.8 seconds, which I interpret as fast.

The smart lock is built with sensors to store up to 500 fingerprints, so multiple users will not be an issue. Inside the lock is a state-of-the-art capacitive fingerprint sensor, with an adaptive algorithm enabling the lock to become faster and more accurate with each use.

The Tapplock app (iOS and Android) keeps track who and when the lock was opened, and you can even pass on access to have it unlocked with the remote feature. The app shows how much power remains in the internal rechargeable battery, which is good for up to a year or about 3,000 unlocks.

It has a rugged construction with Zamak 3 zinc alloy metal, and a cut-resistant 7mm reinforced stainless steel shackle, strengthened by double-layered lock design with anti-shim and anti-pry technologies, according to Tapplock.

You can use the lock inside or out with its IP66 rating, giving it full functionality between 14 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. $99 each or a bundled pair for $179, available in gunmetal, midnight black, and sterling silver


With USB-C still new and unknown to many, Satechi has a solution to make the transition simple.

The USB-C Clamp Hub Pro has a brushed aluminum design for Apple enthusiasts and specifically the 2017 iMac and iMac Pro.

Within the 4.63-by-1.31-by-0.44-inch hub are a single USB-C port (data only), a MicroSD, a full-size SD memory card reader, and 3 USB 3.0 ports. $49.99, available in silver and space gray


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