Although countless dollars have been spent on diabetes research, much of the technology people with diabetes are using today is still outdated and lacking in user-friendliness. Most of us carry around bulky testing kits or wear continuous glucose monitors, and we rely on insulin pens or cumbersome pumps to administer the correct amounts of insulin when needed.
However, a recent invention could revolutionize the way you manage your diabetes. Imagine never having to carry around a test kit or wear a glucose monitor ever again. Would you be interested? Of course you would.
Designer Dousan Miao has got just the product for you. Glucosio is the sleekest and most inconspicuous version of a blood glucose testing kit you’ve ever seen. It’s redefining the glucose meter in a way that’s not only compact and discreet but also just plain fun.
The meter, which also functions as a phone case, is small enough to fit comfortably in your hand but has all the functions of a normal glucose meter, including a built-in lancet.
Just prick your finger on the lancet, place a drop of blood on the test strip, and let this mini-machine do the rest.
Your data will automatically sync with a free app on your phone, allowing you to see how your glucose levels have changed over time. The app also allows you to track your meals, get tips for managing diabetes, and connect to other services, such as Think, Google Fit, and MyFitness Pal. And the whole time you’re looking at your data, you’ll appear to be just looking at your phone, leaving little opportunity for curious people to stare at you as you check your blood sugar in public places.
If you don’t know the nutritional information in the food you’re about to eat, Glucosio has got you covered there too. Just take a photograph of it and allow the food recognition technology tell you the likely nutritional information of what you’re about to eat. The only challenge will be stopping to snap the photo before scarfing down that delectable dessert.
Want just one more perk? How about the option to allow researchers to use your data anonymously to learn more about how people manage their diabetes? Just opt in on the app, and you can rest assured that you’re contributing to scientific discovery as you go about your daily life. Or, if you’re tech-savvy enough, you can contribute to science in a more direct way by using the free and open app source code to do some product development of your own.
While it’s still going through beta testing, we cannot wait for this product to be 100% available to everyone. Check out the video below to see the Glucosio up close and personal.
Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?