Charmr Update: People Are Talking

You could say we’ve spurred a national debate here with the patient-led push for improved diabetes technology. But the term “debate” implies argument, and happily, most people seem to agree that “more is more”: the more attention paid to developing better technology, the more often better technology will be developed.


Check out this blogosphere/media coverage of Adaptive Path’s answer to my call for cooler diabetes devices:




NPR’s Future Tense


JDRF Artificial Pancreas Project

FDA News

+ more to come?

Keep talking, people. It seems we’ve finally pricked up the consumer design world’s ears.

** UPDATE: See a new follow-up blog post today on Adaptive Path’s vision of the future.**


10 Responses

  1. Justin
    Justin August 15, 2007 at 11:34 am | | Reply

    This is so exciting! I can’t believe it almost. I just hope that something actually comes of it.

    Let’s keep up that momentum!!

  2. Nicky
    Nicky August 15, 2007 at 3:13 pm | | Reply

    I am so glad someone is championing this… I was in a diabetes products focus group last year and joked that it would be awesome if my meter played MP3′s… bring it on!

  3. KT
    KT August 16, 2007 at 9:10 am | | Reply

    Check out Qualcomm they have a diabetes product for mobility and have future plans to establish a healthcare wireless service for women in 2008.
    Qualcomm putting $’s into start-up companies to build on mobility and health aids..

    This will be growing concern and potential benefit for the growth of diabetes 2 in U.S.

  4. Challenge Diabetes
    Challenge Diabetes August 16, 2007 at 1:06 pm | | Reply

    New Pump Accessory

    Heres an interesting new product that weve been helping to test for about 2 years now. The Pump Protector(TM) was originally designed by a friend of mine to protect the pump in several ways:

    protect the screen from scratches
    protect th…

  5. Kevin
    Kevin August 16, 2007 at 1:24 pm | | Reply

    If you think future plans are exciting you should look at real world functioning devices, advanced systems of care and shared user experiences. The exciting stuff isn’t limited to concepts and things that haven’t been built yet. As stated in a recent blog post:

    As for what this might mean to patients with type 2, data has already been published at ADA Scientific this year that illustrates not only the promise but the actual impact of these advanced systems on reducing A1c levels through the combination of mobile diagnostics, rules engines and social networks.

    1. Kelenna
      Kelenna January 5, 2012 at 9:54 am | | Reply

      That’s cleared my thoughts. Thanks for contrbitiung.

  6. Clement
    Clement August 17, 2007 at 11:21 am | | Reply

    It is very clear that the quality of the device interface is a major factor on medical devices that are allways attached to people. Since insulin pumps and continous glucose devices have un-attached alternatives the size of the device and the quality of the interface is way more important than other medical devices that do not have un-attached alternatives. The sales pitch for a kidney diolosis machine is easy even if it is big and clunky… buy or die.


  7. Kevin
    Kevin August 18, 2007 at 11:07 am | | Reply

    Insulin pumps and continuous glucose devices raise the bar on many levels due to an increased reliance on technology.

    I agree that usability is more important for an always on personal device. Built-in reliability, accuracy and connectivity to advanced intelligent systems become even more critical going forward vs. the take it or leave it feature set of the buy or die comparison.

    Fortunately, technology has progressed now to the point of being able to support these advanced features without significantly impacting size while simultaneously improving usability.

    Designers should begin thinking in terms of Diabetech’s Real-Time Virtual-Loop if they haven’t already. I wrote a paper on this back in 2003 and published it in 2004. The link is below:

  8. Richard
    Richard August 19, 2007 at 8:48 pm | | Reply

    Some of my inlaws heard Jon Gordon on Minnesota Public Radio, and got REALLY excited. And had me check out the video at . I got excited too.
    But I was really confused and disappointed by how difficult it was to discover *what stage* of conceptualization this is in… or whether “Adaptive Path” has created a device or just a video. Gordon’s paragraph (above link) the video made it really easy to skim over (or over-hope about) the line, “It’s a design only…”
    Am I the only one who wondered “what does that mean?” At there is only a little (saddening) clarification: “It’s created a proof-of-concept design…” Does the average lay person understand that means, “here’s what we would *like* to see created,” and NOT “here is our working prototype.”
    Now I get the really unpleasant task of breaking this news to family members that this is only science fantasy.
    Sure it’s helpful to get people “debating” and visioning about such a product, but I think your blog, Jon Gordon, blog, and American Public Radio can serve diabetics better clearly labeling videos that only *look* like actual products as “what we are hoping for. And “Adaptive Path” needs a disclaimer on the ad.
    Hope is a wonderful thing. Creating hopes that must be dashed is not.
    Good luck moving us toward the former.

  9. AmyT
    AmyT August 20, 2007 at 9:54 pm | | Reply

    Wow, Richard, you could say the same thing about the JDRF’s artificial pancreas project… We’re all just working towards realizing a vision of a better future for people with diabetes.

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