Dispo | Medication Dispenser

Dipso is a medication dispenser that is designed specifically for people living with Parkinson's Disease. It dispenses a dissolvable wafer that is taken orally, providing a pain-free, non-intrusive medication alternative to traditional medication methods.


Research Conclusion

It was identified through research that people living with Parkinson’s Disease;
• Have difficulty swallowing pills due to swallowing issues.
• Are prone to suffering from long term medication illness from following linear medication plans for long periods of time.
• are commonly under and overdosed in aged care facilities.
• Suffer from damaged self-image from public dosing embarrassment.
Dipso Unit


Dispo is a handheld medication dispenser that is designed to improve the dosing experience for those living with Parkinson’s Disease. Utilising a wafer form medication a dose can by administered by the patient, others or both as required into the patient’s mouth, and the wafer will dissolve into the saliva. This removes the difficulty of swallowing standard pill form medications. By having preprogramed dosing times and dosages, the risk of under and overdosing is reduced to a matter of minutes. Also, due to the manner of having a controlled system, assistant nurses will be able to dose patients, reducing the stress on the head nurse and reducing under and overdosing in aged care facilities.

“I like the idea of the dissolvable wafer because I struggle with my pills”

S.G | Stage 3 Parkinson’s

Charging Base

The charging base provides a seamless charging experience, where the user can place the device on its base beside their bed, so it is ready to use every morning without interrupting the dosage cycle. By using inductive charging coils, the user does not have to fumble with cables, but can instead simply place the device and wait for the charging light (red LED) to glow. The device can also be charged and updated at the pharmacy by using the USB Type-C port that is hidden on the back of the device.

Daily Dosing

To start the day, the user will wake up, and pick up their Dispo unit from its charging base beside their bed, taking their first dose when the device indicates the next does is ready. This is shown through a green LED and vibration motor. To take the dose, the user will remove the cap, and press the button momentarily, activating the rollers and presenting the dose. This can then be torn off using the built-in tweezers and placed into the users’ mouth. The user will then replace the cap and wait until their next dose is ready. This is signified using a flashing green LED and a vibration motor. At the end of the day the user can place the Dispo unit back onto the charging base so that it is fully charged again for next day. In the case that the user forgets to charge the device overnight, the residual battery will last for 3 days. If the user cannot recharge during this time period using the charging base, than a USB C cable can be used to charge on the go.
Open Dispo unit


To refill their Dispo device, the user would simply remove the Dispo’s cap, and hold the button for 10 seconds. After 10 seconds the device will vibrate for 1 seconds, signifying that the electromagnetic locks have been deactivated, and the device can now be opened. The user will then remove the empty spool and replace it with their next spool from their Dispo Capsule. The empty spool can be placed in the Dispo Capsule, and the device can be closed again, with the electromagnetic locks snapping back together.

The Dispo Capsule is a partner product for the Dispo unit, storing extra dose spools, totalling in approximately a months’ worth of spools. This reduces the users need of returning to the pharmacy and ensures that the user can travel and not have to worry about getting a new prescription whilst away. The capsule uses an o-ring that creates an airtight seal, which maintains the rolls ’ freshness and controls moisture and dust from reaching them.

“I could definitely see this being useful… especially when we are busy”

C.L | Aged Care Nurse

Prescription2Wafer Program | Perforate&Roll Machine

The Prescription2Wafer program takes existing prescriptions for Parkinson’s medications such as Levadopa and modifies them to suit the Dispo system. This includes considering user sleep, work and leisure hours. All data is inputted into the program, with the resulting output being an optimised dosing plan that works around the user’s life and is ever so slightly constantly changing to avoid long term medication illness.

This device is used in partnership with the Prescription2Wafer program to take bulk spools of different strength medications and to perforate and roll customised rolls for users.

Why Dispo?

Dispo is the starting point in a new line of non-intrusive medication devices that is based around improving user comfort and confidence during use. Dispo removes the pain of swallowing pills in exchange for a wafer that can be absorbed sublingually, in time segments that are programmed to be unique to prevent long term medication illness. Using predetermined perforated doses that can only be dispensed when the set time is met means that assistant nurses can use the device in aged care facilities, reducing over and underdosing. The ecosystem excels at meeting the design goals and creates a positive user experience and improves user confidence in turn.

The following video shows Dispo in context.

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Connor Quinn

Connor is a designer who aims to improve peoples lives through carefully thought out solutions to wicked problems. He enjoys working with users to develop products that improve quality of life.