Pill-dispensing "robot" knows who you are
Imagine a pill-dispensing, health-focused version of Amazon Echo, and you'll get an idea of what Pillo is designed to be. Utilizing facial and voice recognition software, the internet-connected device can reportedly recognize multiple family members on sight, giving them their daily medication while also addressing their health and wellness-related inquires.
The tamper-proof dispenser can store different pills for multiple users, keeping track of who has and has not taken their daily dosage. In cases of medication that can't be stored onboard (such as liquids), audio and visual reminders are still offered. Users are notified when their pill supply is running low – Pillo can even order refills for them online, from a pharmacy of their choice.
Up to 250 medium-sized pills can be stored in the device at once. If a user doesn't take their medication for whatever reason, Pillo can send an alert to the smartphone of a caretaker or family member.
Health and wellness inquires are posed to Pillo verbally, which proceeds to check several pre-approved websites before delivering an answer. It's also possible to have one-on-one real-time conversations with actual doctors via existing telemedicine services, using the device's HD camera and omnidirectional microphones.
Additionally, Pillo can sync with wearable fitness-tracking devices via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, using the data from them to build up a given user's health profile.
If you're interested in getting a Pillo of your own, it's currently the subject of an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. A pledge of US$299 will currently get you one, when and if they reach production. The planned retail price is $599.
More information is available in the pitch video below.