“It’s just insane to even consider all the hassle that my father experiences every time he starts fumbling through his many pill boxes,” Hamdan said. “It’s a nightmare, and there must be a more efficient way for patients like him to manage their pills.”
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Hamdan and his friends spent nine months researching and developing the technology and computer code that used in the medical device.
They worked in a basement lab of the Russ Engineering Center, sometimes as late as 3 a.m. Hamdan taught himself how to write computer code and spent spring break writing more than half of the code for the device, he told the university.
Hamdan worked on the project right up until March 24, the day before its final presentation at The Entrepreneurs Center in Dayton. He said he nearly gave up on it.
“Up until the night of our final presentation and demo, I was still in the lab fixing problems with the circuitry and debugging the code. It almost gave me a heart attack,” he said. “But we didn’t only manage to make it on time, but also competed and won awards with it.”
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Hamdan wanted to spark investor interest in the device at the center and he connected with more than 20 medical professionals, software engineers and marketing experts interested in his device.
The pill dispenser is nearly ready for mass production, would cost $82 apiece to make, but could command at least $499, Hamdan said.
“Compared to other devices in the market, this is already a killer deal for the shoppers,” he said. “They’ve never seen something like it before, and they’ll truly needed it once they hear that it exists.”
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