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  1. Benjol
    Benjol April 15, 2014 at 5:39 am | | Reply

    I’m very curious to know exactly what it is about the ear clip that makes it need replacing after 6 months…

    And I really hope they’re aware of the existing efforts to homogenize data formats.

    That aside, I know my daughter would be VERY happy to change from finger pricking.

  2. Mary Dexter
    Mary Dexter April 15, 2014 at 7:43 am | | Reply

    The two saddest sentences in this article are these: “Dr. Freger never measured himself since he couldn’t stand the needle pricking…. Dr. Freger passed away at the age of 48 due to diabetes complications.” How tragic that there are those who would rather die than prick their fingers, especially in an age of 33 gauge lancets and CGMs. Unfortunately, I think it’s fear of the number rather than actual pain, especially for T2s who have been dissuaded from insulin, because if the number isn’t good, there is nothing they can do to make it better. So they’d rather not know.

  3. Fred Wuensche
    Fred Wuensche April 15, 2014 at 8:32 am | | Reply

    A mere $2000? What are the odds Medicare will approve of this device when they already do not allow enough test strips per day to do a decent job of managing insulin?

  4. Mr Emigrant
    Mr Emigrant April 15, 2014 at 9:33 am | | Reply

    Typical old style Israeli business.
    First of all it sounds like a good idea BUT
    #1 It has to be wireless
    #2 It has to connect to a smartphone
    #3 It needs an alternative location to the ear
    #4 If not continuous, it needs to be automatic so, for example, one could schedule a test for the middle of the night.
    #5 Maybe with all of these features, the price is OK, but in the long-term it shouldn’t cost more than $500. This would be more achievable if it connected to a smartphone.

    Let’s be honest, first adapters are those with $$ willing to be commercial beta testers. It happens with every new product so there is no need to be embarrassed.

  5. Terry Keelan
    Terry Keelan April 15, 2014 at 9:40 am | | Reply

    I kept hearing the theme to “007″ while the gentleman in the commercial was testing.

  6. Augie De Blieck Jr.
    Augie De Blieck Jr. April 15, 2014 at 10:00 am | | Reply

    When I was first diagnosed with diabetes 27 years ago, we were just coming out of the pee-on-a-stick era of diabetes management. Maybe some people need to go back to that.

    That said, if this technology could be shrunk down somehow — maybe hide the clunky parts behind the ear like a hearing aid — then wearing it one day like an earring might be possible. Diabetic men could start looking more like pirates that way…

    But, as with just about every promised new technology in diabetes management, I’ll remain extremely skeptical. I’m still waiting for that insulin inhaler, too…. Ha!

    1. AmyT
      AmyT April 15, 2014 at 12:10 pm | | Reply

      @Augie – Agreed with the shrunk-down idea!

      Check out this 2009 entry from our DiabetesMine Design Challenge — an EARRING that’s a bluetooth-enabled CGM:

      http://www.scribd.com/doc/14844003/Glucoluxe2

      We need to get these innovators together, ay?

  7. StephenS
    StephenS April 15, 2014 at 11:55 am | | Reply

    Where’s the Mission Impossible theme?

    Hey, I’m willing to listen to all alternatives to willfully making myself bleed just to know where my BG is headed. I’ll put this on my list of things to watch for. Thanks!

  8. Raybans
    Raybans April 15, 2014 at 2:34 pm | | Reply

    I saw him on another site do a video chat… the product looks freaking awesome and I cannot wait to get my hands on one! Worst part of diabetes, aside from the ignorant and unsolicited comments/questions from people, is the finger-sticks. This product would make being diabetic a whole heck of a lot easier for me.

  9. Jessica Apple
    Jessica Apple April 16, 2014 at 11:30 am | | Reply

    I’m disappointed that so much of this post focuses on the video/marketing. It comes across as unkind and distracts from the discussion of the product, which, if it works, would be quite revolutionary. I don’t care how its marketed, I just want one!

  10. Julia
    Julia April 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm | | Reply

    Would that be $2000 every six months because the clip has to be replaced that often? Pricey. Yes, definitely would be interested though, after the first six months of diagnosis our DD hasn’t blinked an eye at a fingerstick. I imagine fingertips must become desensitized because if I accidentally prick myself it hurts. The fact that the inventor of this product died from complications in his forties and would not test via fingerstick is very sad. And since our DD has had to test 10, 12 even 15 times a day since the age of 8, I find it difficult to understand why a grown man cannot show the courage little children are asked to develop when they are diagnosed with this disease.

  11. Dean
    Dean April 29, 2014 at 12:47 am | | Reply

    I also feel like the marketing conversation was a distraction from more-pressing but un-discussed issues like test accuracy – is the 20-30% accuracy comparable with strips? does it require any calibration? is it dependable enough to use as calibration for a CGM? Is the clip life dependent on time or number of tests? How long does the clip need to be on the earlobe? How long is the total test time, from hitting ‘on’ to getting a result?

    Call me skeptical, but curious.

  12. Wilson
    Wilson June 7, 2014 at 4:56 pm | | Reply

    How do i acquire a gluco trak meter?

  13. Joseph
    Joseph June 15, 2014 at 9:47 am | | Reply

    I am sorry, I have to disagree with the author slightly. While I was diagnosed with T2 13 years ago at the age of 37 I still cringe and become anxious about finger sticks. I HATE them. Also, one commenter said that we are anxious about seeing the number. This is also true. While I know that exercise can decrease the number at that moment you still have the feeling of “DAMN!! High again!!” and become frustrated when you are eating no carbs and going through carb withdrawal and it all seems for nothing. I would GLADLY pay the $2,000 tag to do away with finger sticks and I can’t wait for this device to become available. God willing, that will be soon.

  14. Pina Doane
    Pina Doane June 25, 2014 at 11:03 am | | Reply

    My 10 year old granddaughter has juvenile diabetes and absolutly refuses the finger pricking. Could she use the Gluco -Track ? She lives in Italy where I presume it is available. How accurate is it?

  15. Ray
    Ray June 26, 2014 at 4:47 pm | | Reply

    I have followed this product for a while now
    I’m a type 1 diabetic (54 years) I’m also
    sick of finger stick . I’ve tried to contact
    the manufactures of this glucose meter and the reps here but
    unable to ,hope it’s not another dud product

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