Nintendo DS glucose reader plugin for kids with diabetes

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18 Responses to “Nintendo DS glucose reader plugin for kids with diabetes”

  1. Anonymous says:

    It unlocks Mewtwo in Pokéfinger Platinum Edition! Gotta test ‘em all!

  2. Anonymous says:

    This is pretty cool, but I wish they put as much effort into actually eradicating diabetes as they do developing new techniques and tools to manage it. (My wife is diabetic, FWIW.)

  3. Anonymous says:

    Response to #6 posted by Roy Trumbull.
    There are 2 Glucose Meters on the market that are “alternate site” testers. In the 8 years of being an adult with Type 1 diabetes, my fingers have only been pricked by the medical professionals! I use the outer edge of my hand and my forearm. Other areas are available, just not my choice. Usually no pain at all!

  4. Anonymous says:

    52? Better drink some orange juice, stat!

  5. Steiny says:

    “As with the the ‘iPlayer’ hardware video decoder for the DS which Cory recently posted, the downside is that the new DSi doesn’t have a Slot-2.”

    Minor quibble: The iPlayer does NOT use the Slot-2. It goes in the smaller Slot-1 that all 3 DS incarnations have.

  6. Anonymous says:

    My daughter loves the Didget. Do you know if there is also a program that can be loaded into the DS that will allow charting of her bg numbers? She is using a calender now and only so many things can fit in a little girls purse. Since she is already playing the DS and Didget it would be cool to have a charting page just like the notebook pages. Thinking out loud for those who want to do more with what they are given. hope2u

  7. paxamoret says:

    Anything that makes it easier for a kid with Type 1 diabetes to get through the day is a good thing. Good for Bayer for coming out with a product that isn’t aimed at 70-year-old overweight Type 2 diabetics.

    #6 Turnbull, there is a great, painless (but pricey) lancing device available, called the Pelikan Sun. You can read about it on Boing Boing Gadgets:

    http://gadgets.boingboing.net/2008/04/03/pelikan-sun-lancing.html

  8. jtegnell says:

    We all know about this, too, right? http://www.pedisedate.com/Home.html

  9. phisrow says:

    @ Anonymous #8: You seem to be falling into the (contrafactual) assumption that people’s efforts are perfectly, or even reasonably, fungible.

    The mixture of electrical engineering, firmware programming, and product design that went into this device would be completely useless in a biology lab working on insulin absorption, or pancreatic cells, or whatever.

  10. Anonymous says:

    So this is basically the new DS version of the Glucoboy? Or, given the change of branding, perhaps Bayer bought the idea.

  11. Brian says:

    Hm, I think that a visit to eBay is in order to pick up a DS Lite after this comes out. Love the DSi, but if they keep building add-ons for the Slot-2, then may need a backup plan.

  12. r4 firmware says:

    it was obvious that this would happen, i am for nintendo dsi

  13. mattofdoom says:

    Why does it have a screen? Surely the DS has enough as it stands?

    • Anonymous says:

      The screen is because it can be used independently as a blood glucose monitor without needing the DS :)

  14. Alan says:

    I think this is a great idea! My son, also named Luke, has Type I as well. This will not only encourage kids to check regularly, but also teach them to be more independent in managing their diabetes.

    @Matt of Doom: I imagine it has its own screen so that it can be used both in conjunction with the DS and independently. I can imagine the stink if some kid pulls out his DS during class at school and having to argue with a teacher he’s really checking his blood sugar.

  15. Roy Trumbull says:

    It will take more than this to make firing a lancet into a finger seen like fun to a kid. The inventor who figures out how to measure BG wo poking a finger will win the big prize.

  16. Takuan says:

    curses! my shock-collar model was almost ready for market!

  17. r4ds says:

    I don’t know. While i see how this could be practical, would I trust my blood checks to my video game system? In this case, I don’t think the combination game system / blood monitor is appropriate.

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