Sanofi-Aventis announced a BG meter for your iPod / iPhone. Just plugs right in there. This is part of Sanofi-Adventis' working with the creative folks at AgaMatrix aka WaveSense. This scores very high on the cool scale not only for the iPod connection but we here at YDMV central are big WaveSense fans and are excited to see them continue to innovate. The meter works independently from the iPod. So it is a cool tiny meter in and of itself.
From Sanifi's http://ibgstar.com site:
The innovative iBGStar™ is the first available blood glucose meter that seamlessly connects to the iPhone® and iPod touch® allowing you to view and analyse accurate, reliable information in ‘real time’. Using the technology built into your iPhone® or iPod® touch, you can share this information with your healthcare professional while on-the-go, to help you make better-informed diabetes-related decisions together.
Of course it isn't just a meter. There is an app. From the press release, "The iBGStar™ Diabetes Manager App (available soon on the App Store℠) is a state-of-the-art digital diabetes management tool accessed from your Apple iPhone® or iPod touch® featuring:
- Intuitive User Interface
- Automated download of meter results
- Interactive Diabetes Management Reports featuring log books, trend charts, statistical analyses and more"
The ap sure looks a lot like the WaveSense ap our pal Hadi demo-ed at Friends For Life. (Hadi's brilliant little demo video of the app on a ipad - no groovy iBGsatr meter, he used a cable, is over on theBetesNOW.)
I think this is very exciting. Yes there are practical questions like does it have to come off to charge or sync the iPod? What kind of battery powers the meter and how long does it last? What strips does it use - can it take WaveSense strips or is there a proprietary twist to Sanofi branded AgaMatrix strips? Are there going to be different colors for multiple type 1 families os we can tell who's is who's? How does it deal with iPhone cases? Is there a case that hold it and the phone? Does it work with an iPad? What about multiple meters and one iPod?
OK Ok I know, it just came out and it has to go visit the FDA.
Sill cool. Way cool.