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  1. CALpumper
    CALpumper May 21, 2009 at 7:05 am | | Reply

    Very cool stuff.
    Thanks Eric and Samantha, congrats again and keep up the good work.

  2. Anne Findlay
    Anne Findlay May 21, 2009 at 12:24 pm | | Reply

    awesome. I was hoping someone would do something like this. I have way too much stuff with me all the time. It would be so cool if you could integrate data collection for stuff like heart rate (coordinating with Garmin or Polar or something) and bike computer outputs too. It’s not simple but could be very powerful.

    I would be happy to contribute my perspective & I know many others feel the same.
    Congrat’s!!
    -Anne Findlay

  3. Ed
    Ed May 21, 2009 at 7:53 pm | | Reply

    I’m actually dissapointed in what the pair came up with. Having spent a week in Stockholm studying design and the past year in a top MBA program, I had hoped this competition would push the envelope of what is possible. Is developing an I-Phone app great for diabetic management, unquesitonably YES! However, that takes existing technology and combines it to make a more functional product; but in the end doesn’t improve blood sugar management – all three of those things exist as a stand alone.

    Granted, this is coming from someone who didn’t enter the design competition, but I didn’t enter it because I do not yet have the technological knowledge to design what is really needed – a blood sugar meter that is in the blood stream that provides constant blood sugar readings. Until the technology exists to provide by the second blood sugar readings, the itterative process of combining technologies will not create the break through we all need.

    Great work on this! But it doesn’t redefine how blood sugar management can be achieved.

  4. Lauren
    Lauren May 21, 2009 at 7:58 pm | | Reply

    I agree with the comment above — to me this is nothing new, and it’s certainly not anything I’d use, or be interested in learning more about. More of the same, in my opinion. I used to keep up on the latest stuff out there but it just became too disappointing. I’m waiting for the real breakthroughs.

  5. pking
    pking May 23, 2009 at 12:56 am | | Reply

    Amy – I wrote a long reply yesterday (Thursday) evening and find that it hasn’t been posted. Did you get it and moderate it for some reason, or did it just not go through? It’s happened to me twice in the past few months when I’ve tried to post here.

    In a nutshell: the hardware design in the prototype is pretty far from something that would work, given the placement of the data/power connection on the iPhone. The main innovation that I see in the prototype is the lancet+strip storage device, which is pretty cool. That combined with the remove for the OmniPod or a pump with integrated blood monitor would probably be better than the need for an iPhone+case. More than anything we really need connectivity between devices and much, much better software. The bulk of the hardware isn’t the problem, but none of the interfaces we use are half as good as they could be.

  6. Remi
    Remi May 23, 2009 at 2:55 am | | Reply

    Great design!
    Thanks for your valuable contribution.

  7. Jules
    Jules May 24, 2009 at 5:46 pm | | Reply

    I don’t understand why no one includes the I-Pod touch in all this. It’s essentially the same thing as the I-Phone except it’s not a cell phone. You can use it as a mini computer with it’s automatic wifi feature. Almost all of the apps in the app store can be used on the touch. So, for $299 you can have a touch without having to sign a contract with AT&T…and no monthly fees. So please include the touch in your reviews. Thanks.

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  9. D-Newbie
    D-Newbie July 30, 2009 at 9:58 am | | Reply

    In reply to above, firstly the documentation states it won’t be limited to the IPhone and more importantly, the email feature is one of the most important aspects, especially for parents of diabetic children and caregivers, not to mention the fact that you can email the data to your doctor or NP. This is wonderful technology that even outdistances the Promised LifeScan app, which I can’t find anything about since March. My only problem is that I can’t afford those expensive phones or I’d definitely have it, being the tech-nut that I am.

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  13. Mathew Moore
    Mathew Moore July 2, 2010 at 11:31 am | | Reply

    If this were available I would own an iphone. It would cut the bulk of my pocket contents in half! Fone and glucometer are my two must haves.

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