Developing on from the electronic timed pill bottles this project aims to make it even simpler and safer.
The automatic pill dispenser will have several receptacles for pills to be stored in which gravity feed to a pill counter that will dispense a single pill at a time through the output slot. Each receptacle is programmable for pill frequency.
The system will alert with colour and sound when a pill needs to be taken, if no user action occurs within a set time limit then the system will call a specified land-line/mobile phone to remind the user to take their pills, after another set time period it will call an emergency contact number.
To retrieve pills the user simply presses the dispense button beneath an active (illuminated) pill box. The dispenser will not give out additional pills until the next scheduled time unless a user override command is given.