Patent Number: 8,880,219

Title: Apparatus for counting and dispensing pills using pill volume calculations

Abstract: A self-contained pill dispenser is disclosed. A housing is provided and a hopper for containing a plurality of pills is supported by the housing. A feed chute having a detector mechanism is operatively connected to the hopper for receiving pills therefrom. A microcontroller is also operatively connected to the hopper, the feed chute, and the detector mechanism. The microcontroller calculates the volume of each of the pills transiting the detector mechanism based on occluded electromagnetic signals detected by the detector mechanism and the time of transit of each pill relative thereto.

Inventors: Balasubramanian; Prashanth (Vestal, NY), Boyer; Joseph H. (Johnson City, NY), Boyer; James (Endicott, NY), Jones; Mark (New Milford, PA), Mayes; Christopher (Vestal, NY), Plesko; George (Chadds Ford, PA), Quigley; Edwin T. V. (Endicott, NY), Scott; Joseph (Vestal, NY), Sienko; Joseph (Apalachin, NY), Worthington; James (Binghamton, NY), Yee; Alban (Astoria, NY)

Assignee: Innovation Associates, Inc.

International Classification: A61J 7/02 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00