March 17, 2009

IPhone 3.0 and Life Scan

YDMV Note. This post about Lifescane and the iPhone gets hit a lot. There is no real product at least yet. See
for a manual entry log that is worth looking at.

Note II  Sept 21 2010 Sanofi/WaveSense announce iBGStar 

So according to Gizmodo, Apple showed the new iPhone 3.0 software today and showed and app from LifeScan charting BG for a week. Apparently you will be able to Bluetooth in the data or use a cable.

By far the most manipulative pitch of the afternoon, LifeScan shows how new Bluetooth connection capabilities and accessory functions can help a young girl manage her diabetes. Above is a week-long chart of her glucose levels, which are good to know if you have diabetes and don't want to die. LifeScan can pull these from a test unit via Bluetooth or cable.

for a photo see:

OK that is cute in a geek kind of way but how about a One Touch that uses less blood, doesn't error 5 and is less huge?


Amy has more over at her site. There is a shock (not) Amy has the inside dish. She sites another source saying:

“The app then lets users send their readings and a message about how they’re feeling to caregivers like their parents, children or physician. The glucose reader app also includes a meal builder and insulin schedule for easy tracking by tagging readings as pre- or post-meals. The iPhone app can even estimate, based on diet, how much insulin is needed after each meal. The app also shows glucose levels in a chart form and lists each previous reading.”

OK now my kids are going to want iPhones even more.

Here is my question is the Bluetooth going to be proprietary to OneTouch or will it allow other Bluetooth meters to talk with it? I am thinking WaveSense, I like their meters.

Another edit.

This One Touch Ap was made strictly for the 3.0 presentation. It isn't really a coming attraction. More like hey here is an neat idea we could make but what the heck if we can get on the iPhone 3.o stage we'll hack something together.

Read more on how it got to the show here. Careful observers of the video will see something that looks a lot like a wire on the wireless connection, and a little shrink wrap on the wire.


  1. It looks pretty cool to me.



  2. It is part of the apple sdk api. So anybody can do this.

  3. This looks so great. I am already trying to figure out how to get out of my current phone contract.

  4. "It is part of the apple sdk api. So anybody can do this."

    If anyone can translate that into dad speak I would love to know what it means.

  5. @Bennet: Apple makes the functionality required to access devices over bluetooth available to all developers. Every company that is able to produce a meter equipped with bluetooth should also be able to deliver an iphone/ipod touch application that can access the meter.

  6. Unfortunately where I live, lots of moms have the iPhone and they lose calls left and right.(could just be the school area) Maybe if apple used a more reliable network I'd be interested.
    Either way, it's about time something like this came around. Wonder if apple will ever go into the diabetes industry and lend their technical knowledge?

  7. Hello...I am a friend of a teen with T1 diabetes, and also a happy user of Apple products. I have little doubt that Apple will design future iTouches with bluetooth (it may be hidden in the 2nd gen. ones already) to take advantage of these medical applications. Therefore, you will have the choice not to enter into an AT&T contract. Since every medical device maker will have access to Apple's new mobile programming SDK if they so choose, I believe this will create new bursts of competition which will both spur innovation, and ultimately, keep costs to the medical consumer in check.

    I am interested to know whether you folks think the charting and insulin dose calculator functions as outlined in the presentation will be useful or practical for a savvy teen.

  8. I think the tricky part is not whether all meters can access the iPhone - it's whether app developers can access the proprietary storage that the meters use. That has always been the challenge as I understand it.