We covered Addison Care, an ambient augmented reality virtual caregiver back in CES 2019. Here are more updates on its final launch at CES 2023. Electronic Caregiver, a health technology company, has launched Addison, a comprehensive virtual caregiver that connects patients to primary health care, friends, and family. The 3D-animated avatar monitors the health care of elderly and chronically ill patients in their homes using computers and tablets with voice and touch screen interfaces. Addison addresses the care providers shortage by offering healthcare management beyond the four walls of a hospital room. The virtual caregiver can also be used in senior living communities and healthcare institutes to provide health and safety services to a broad spectrum of individuals.

Unlike Siri or Alexa, Addison adds a face and body to its voice. It offers a personalized experience that is also emotionally stimulating. In addition to performing engaging health screenings, delivering dosing compliance verification to caregivers, and assisting patients in recording vitals, the virtual caregiver also reminds users to take their prescribed medications and monitors medication adherence and vital sign patterns over time. This allows clients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals to detect any escalation in a health condition before it becomes an serious issue. Users can give various commands to Addison, such as calling emergency services if they fall. The program is easy to couple with a range of Bluetooth devices, including a weighing scale, glucometer, and blood pressure apparatus.  

This program could help reduce the cost of assisted living. The live avatar converses with and responds to users, as well as reflects the time of day. You can also customize location, gender, ethnicity, décor, locales, typefaces, tones, colors, clothes, and language of the avatar. Users can engage with many other features from Addison’s world, such as animals, musical instruments, media, and personalities.

The average cost of assisted living is $4,300 per month, as per a research published by National Institute of Health in 2021. In comparison, Addison’s program costs $500 to start up and $150 monthly. All you need is a strong WiFi connection and cellular data as a backup in case the WiFi fails.

The company mentions that in the future, Addison will also incorporate video televisits with healthcare professionals and offer third party service integrations for grocery delivery, rideshare, and connected home solutions. We look forward to more of Addison’s features that could create convenience in the lives of chronically ill and those who choose to age in place.