Animas, for one, claims that it's listening hard to what users want in an insulin pump. When the company launched its new Animas 2020 "performance" insulin pump a few weeks ago, they sure went gangbusters on the testimonials, that's for sure. Check out the product website, featuring a whole lot of streaming video of both patients and company insiders talking about the benefits of pumping, and their rugged new design. (Of course, "rugged" may not be the look you're going for...)
But is this sturdy new compact pump with a backlit OLED screen really a new pinnacle of "the convergence of new technology and diabetes management," as the company claims? I guess the jury's still out, since not a lot of us have used it yet. From what I can tell, quite a few D-bloggers are signing up to upgrade soon.
* Now the smallest traditional pump on the market.
* First pump to feature an Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display screen providing brighter, clearer images. (OLED is the same technology used in today's TVs, digital cameras, PDAs, etc.)
* Better precision of dosing, with minimum adjustment increment of 0.025 U/hr.
* Uses a long-lasting lithium battery that can withstand severe high and low temperatures.
* "Personalized Audio Notification" -- You can apparently compose your own tune or set to vibrate for most pump alert sounds. Now THAT is cool!
* Waterproof at 12 feet for 24 hours.
* Comprehensive Memory that stores your last 500 BG values and bolus doses, plus a whole mess of other stats that can be easily downloaded to the company's ezManager software (presumably better record-keeping than other pumps offer).
So what's D'Buzz on this model, guys?