Since childhood, we are always taught a basic moral value which states, ‘Lend a helping hand to the needy’. Bang & Olufsen’s medical devices division, known as Medicom, has cashed on this moral value to release a new device to help patients make sure they’re on track for taking medication. ‘The Helping Hand’ is an innovative electronic tablet dispenser device that helps patients remember to take and track their prescribed medication. The aptly named “Helping Hand,” which looks like a slightly curved handset, stores a blister pack of medication and then will send a signal to a computer or cell phone (via Bluetooth or USB) to remind you to take your meds. The Helping Hand’s red, yellow or green lights will go off to give a visual cue as to how many instances have been missed and can upload that info to your doctor.
No information by the makers on the pricing yet; at least not on their site. As for the accolades, ‘The Helping Hand’ has also been recognized by the prestigious American GOOD DESIGN Award 2005, Global and Danish award bodies including; iF Design Award 2005 (2005 Product Design award winner), in addition, it was a top nominee for the INDEX award 2005 and a nominee for the D.I.D. award 2004 (Danish Innovation and Design award).