Social Media Creates a Pill Bottle for Parkinson’s Patients

I absolutely love this story. From The Verge, an example of social media helping the world.

Jimmy Choi suffers from young-onset Parkinson’s disease. Even as he posts about his life regularly on social media, he has difficulties with day-to-day activities.

“One of his daily struggles comes in the shape of the pills he takes to manage his tremors. They’re very tiny, making them difficult to grasp with trembling hands. In late December, he posted a video showing his struggle to grab a pill from a container. That video set off a domino effect, inspiring designers, engineers, and hobbyists across TikTok to craft a better pill bottle for people with tremors or other motor disorders.”

Those “designers, engineers, and hobbyists” quickly came up with a design for a Parkinson’s-friendly pill bottle. That design was iterated, improved upon and refined by dozens of experts & enthusiasts across the world. The end result is a digital file that allows the special pill bottle to be manufactured by most 3D printers. This crowdsourcing of a solution will help the lives of people with Parkinson’s and other conditions, and make the world just a little bit of a better place.

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