A Closer Look at Medtronic’s New MiniLink — and Beyond

OK, I’ll admit, I was a little confused about Medtronic’s recent announcements: a new Guardian RT continuous monitor?  A pediatric version?  And a pretty unobtrusive-looking MiniLink transmitter?  But was that a new component, or something sold separately?  And what about the people already using the product, with that dongle-thing attached?   
Not one to settle for confusion, I have chased down a senior PR manager over there, Steve Sabicer, and gotten the skinny (he, he):

 
                                                                                                                                                            
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More Device Design: Stanford PostDoc Weighs In

And the discussion of how to make medical devices more like iPods marches on! … Don’t miss yesterday’s piece at the UK’s Guardian, which actually tried to contact Apple for comment (no comment forthcoming).  Also see the coverage at MacUser, and BrandWeek’s take, which suggests that Steve Jobs ought to start by revamping hearing aids.  A heck of a lot of buzz created for the medical-cum-lifestyle design cause, what say?!
On the diabetes design front,…

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Onward and Upward

Friends, I am absolutely giddy over all the discussion spurred by yesterday’s Open Letter to Steve Jobs. The idea was to push the issue of medical device design vs. consumer “lifestyle” design to the forefront, i.e. raise a red flag to the tech-design community that can help us, and get people people talking. I’d say we accomplished that with flying colors. Michael Arrington’s post over at TechCrunch resonated throughout the blogosphere.
There were those who…

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