International design honor for IPS ‘smart bottle’

Take a pill: The AdHere Tech Smart Pill Bottle, designed in part by Hauppauge product-maker IPS, has snagged a global honor.

A “smart pill bottle” designed on Long Island and marketed by a New York City “medication adherence company” has snagged a high-profile international honor.

The Internet of Things-enabled AdhereTech Smart Pill Bottle, designed by Hauppauge-based Intelligent Product Solutions and NYC-based AdhereTech, has earned a 2016 Good Design Award from Athens, Greece-based Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. and the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

Self-billed as “the world’s most prestigious, recognized, and oldest design awards program,” the annual Good Design Awards recognize the year’s most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product and graphic designs. The trademarked awards were created in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Edgar Kaufmann Jr.

The 2016 Good Design Awards were announced in December, but IPS and AdhereTech were honored Jan. 27 in Manhattan.

The AdhereTech Smart Pill Bottle is the first (and, so far, only) product of AdhereTech. Sitting in the NYC healthcare firm’s sweet spot – medication adherence – the wireless, next-level bottles leverage WiFi and IoT connectivity to link patients, pharmacies and healthcare practitioners, with the goal of having patients follow their prescription instructions more closely.

“The recognition of our Smart Pill Bottle by the Good Design Award is very exciting,” Josh Stein, cofounder and CEO of AdhereTech, said Monday. “The design partnership with IPS to develop this product was a truly collaborative effort.”

A museum jury evaluated more than 900 submissions from 46 countries before issuing dozens of awards for superior graphic and product designs, covering transportation, food, electronics, energy, marketing and a host of other global industries.

Other 2016 award-winners included Apple, AT&T, Hyundai Motor Corp., Burger King and a deep who’s-who of Fortune 500 favorites – including PepsiCo. and Google, both IPS clients on other projects.

Rarified air indeed, according to IPS Co-founder and President Mitch Maiman, who said his production team is “thrilled” that the smart bottle earned a Good Design Award “for its excellence in design.”

“We are very proud of our design work on it,” Maiman told Innovate LI. “We pride ourselves on our best-in-class design and development of products.

“This award further validates our leadership in design.”

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