Brooke Martin didn’t get any nibbles when she appeared on a recent episode of ABC’s award-winning reality TV show Shark Tank, with venture capitalist Kevin O’Leary bluntly saying that he hated the idea for the smartphone-enabled dog treat dispenser.
But the 15-year-old entrepreneur isn’t letting that defeat get to her, and Martin is now rolling out yet another product.
Instead of dishing treats to Fido, Martin’s new invention is designed to remotely deliver medications to grandma.
Dubbed IC LovedOnes, the $149 product operates in much the same way as the ICPooch. It includes two-way video chat, as well as a smartphone or tablet-enabled system to deliver medications to loved ones.
“My now deceased grandmother, Barb, had severe challenges, and would have benefited greatly if iC LovedOnes had been available to her,“ said Martin in a press release. “It is rewarding to adapt my iCPooch technology to a simple, cost-effective and easy-to-use tool to help loved ones stay connected and cared for from anywhere in the world.”
Martin is showing off the technology at the American Telemedicine Association conference early next week, with the product set to start shipping in early June.
The device is designed not only to deliver medications and nutritional supplements, but also provide an easy-to-use communication platform for socially-isolated senior citizens.
According to a recent U.S. Aging Survey, 43 percent of socially-isolated seniors with chronic conditions report receiving little support from friends or family when it comes to managing their health.
Bondgy, the parent company of ICPooch and IC LovedOnes, recently filed documents with the SEC indicating that it had raised $459,638 in equity financing. Total financing now stands at $525,000.
You can watch Martin pitch her IC Pooch technology at last year’s GeekWire Summit below: