Meet LifePod, Your Amazon Alexa Powered Virtual Caregiver

LifePod Demo Video

How Does It Work?

  1. It allows her to start a conversation without wake words: Good morning John, it is time to take your pills. Did you take them?
  2. It automates routines with a sequence of commands either automatically at a pre-programmed time or from a single voice command: Turn on the lights, open the blinds, say the time of day, date, weather, start playing music.
  • Daily routines: LifePod can have five daily routines (Wake-up, morning, afternoon, evening, and bedtime) that can be customized to the needs of the user with functions like initiating home automation actions.
  • Periodic check-ins: Between the first and last routine of the day, LifePod can check-in with the end-user to ensure they are doing ok.
  • Voice reminders: Configured voice reminders can be set at specific times to remind end-users of tasks based on their own personal needs, like taking their pills, brushing their teeth, or special events like a doctor’s appointment.
  • Give a sense of companionship: Research has shown that elderly users have a need for companionship and social inclusion. To help fill that need, LifePod can trigger a randomized set of actions that Alexa already supports such as reading an audiobook, saying the word of the day, asking trivia questions, or telling them a fun fact.
  • Stay in touch: Based on the interactions between Alexa and the user, LifePod can automatically send alerts and daily reports. For example, if the user falls or has an emergency or does not confirm they took their pills or failed to answer a check-in after a configured number of retries, then an SMS can be automatically sent to a caregiver or a family member.

Integrating other devices

  • Amazon Dash button: Using a Wi-Fi connected button like the AWS IoT Button, we can extend the capability of LifePod to provide either an emergency alert necklace or place one next to the pillbox to confirm that the user took their pills. Companion devices like a connected pill box could also be created to track when users opened a compartment.
  • Fire alarm: A smoke and CO detector is also planned to be incorporated into the device to further increase the safety of the user, and alert the caregiver if an alarm is triggered.
  • Phone calls: As LifePod can tap into the increasingly valuable set of existing Alexa Skills, scenarios like automatically initiating a phone call using Ooma when the end-user needs help can be easily supported.



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