More Futuristic Diabetes Design

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:



- 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.


6 Responses

  1. Kevin
    Kevin December 28, 2007 at 4:03 pm | | Reply

    Is there a link, or any other information about Check it?

  2. Angela
    Angela December 30, 2007 at 6:09 pm | | Reply

    I hope Check It has some sort of cover the child can use to keep everyone and his favorite bully out of the child’s business? SUPER idea. It seems to need just a little more refining.

  3. Reyes  Ruiz
    Reyes Ruiz May 14, 2008 at 10:21 am | | Reply

    Why don’t they make a unit that a person can wear on his body that will monitor your sugar level thourghout the day. I am someone that has a job that sometimes require that I work late. It is hard for me to check my sugar or remember to check it. I there was a divice like a wrist band that did it for you in the mornings and then when you have your meals during the day and then before you go to bed. Then you can plug into your computer in the weekend to monitor your weeks results. Now that would be something I would use. Make it in a way that it looks like jewelry and people will not always ask you whats that on your wrist. Fasinable for men and women.

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  5. name
    name December 19, 2008 at 11:37 pm | | Reply

    I can’t believe how badly designed all the currently produced glucometers are. What I’d like is

    1) plastic iphone case with built-in glucometer (and iphone app to manage levels) and compartment for 25 strips.
    2) tiny injection pen with enough insulin inside to last 48 hours

  6. Insulin Pen
    Insulin Pen July 13, 2010 at 2:03 am | | Reply

    An insulin syringe is also known as an insulin pen these days. Look no further than Novo Nordisk for the latest products within diabetes management and care taking.

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