A Holiday Hello to you all! Today, a few additional forward-looking diabetes device designs that came my way this year, which I haven't got around to posting yet.
Also, don't forget to have a look at the 2007 Diabetes Year in Review here, just updated with new input from the Community -- and add your two cents in the comments section.
* From design student Joe Urich at the California College of the Arts:
NEWSFLASH: FDA Clears Dexcom Share Direct
Dexcom gets regulatory approval of its 'on-the-go' mobile apps for CGM data-sharing.
Snail Uses Insulin to Poison Fish
New study shows these slow-moving creatures use toxic form of insulin to capture prey.
A New Square Patch Insulin Pump
TouchéMedical's new Bluetooth-enabled patch pump is supposedly the world's smallest and cheapest.
- a CGM system designed for children with diabetes. The concept is based on microneedles on the wristband's underside, which will "painlessly penetrate the skin" and take a glucose reading every 2 minutes. The little screen displays current blood sugar level and a graph of readings for the last 15 minutes that's color-coded for highs and lows. The readings are also transmitted to a parents' monitor using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi technology. An alarm instantly alerts parents when BG is too low or high. The alarm monitor also stores glucose tabs and a syringe for quick action in either direction when required.
Urich's design won Second Place in the international Eye for Why competition this summer, sponsored by Dyson Inc. and the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA).
* From a small but ambitious Israeli company:
- a new disposable insulin pump design that will cost less than the OmniPod and also be simpler, ie. less feature-rich. But the company tells me they have "opted to use an ICU Orbit 90 infusion set (without the tubing), not an integral cannula, but as a result you can temporarily detach the pump for the jaccuzzi or other activities."
Feedback on this one?
It was a big year for Big Ideas in diabetes design indeed.