Due to my busy summer, I somehow missed the excitement about TRUE2go, the world's smallest blood glucose meter, which was granted FDA clearance in August.  Was there excitement? From the looks of it, there should have been.

As you can see, it's about the size of an iPod Shuffle...

I haven't seen one up close and personal yet, but according to the company, it's about the size of a quarter!  "Small enough to fit in a pocket or purse, TRUE2go is designed to twist on top of a vial of test strips, enabling diabetics to more easily test their blood glucose levels while on-the-go."

MedGadget had some fun with these photos, btw, as did the famous tech blog Gizmondo.  Interestingly, the post commenters are non-too-excited. For example:

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"Pfft. What the heck happened to those no-stick testers that are supposed to be coming out? Who cares about a smaller one if I still have to bleed myself for it!

To use the tester I'd still need to carry at least one lancet (which I'm not putting in my pocket!) and some test strips (which have to be kept cool and dry, so I couldn't put them in my pocket); a slightly smaller device seems like a fairly inconsequential advance as far as 'quality of life' goes." - Lodril

Also funny:

"Wilford Brimley apparently already has one, but has already lost it in the netherworld of his moustache ..." - Dr.G

Except for one woman:

"TRUE2go Fantastic... an improvement on the Sidekick (which I have bought several of) because it can snap off one vial of strips and on to another. (The Sidekick was permanently attached to a vial of 50 strips.) No different than opening a regular vial of strips, good sized numbers... and quick... almost before you can blot the blood, there are your results. Takes very little room in your purse and doesn't have to be coded. Medicare pays." - Julie L.L.

It looks and sounds pretty cool to me.

TRUE2go is currently available nationwide at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens, and is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most insurance plans.  So lots of folks should have them by now, right?

Anybody using it?  I'm currently in prep mode for the 2009 DiabetesMine Design Challenge, so I have all these form-factor issues on my mind.  What do you all think: is SMALLER nirvana, just nice, or not that important vis-a-vis powerful features in your view?

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