A Future Fit Band for Diabetes

Glycount is a wearable diabetes management system based on near-future tech that enables users to measure blood sugar levels instantaneously, continuously and without any invasive skin pricking. A long-lasting E-ink display relays vitals in real time and displays reminders for insulin and pill dosage times. A tethered connection keeps kin and doctors in-the-know and allows all involved to review personalized sugar trend graphs for better management.

Designer: Indrajeet Bakhale

8 Comments

  • NZ says:

    Nice idea but totally lacks understanding of target demographics. The typical diabetes patient is low income, obese, and doesn’t use “wearables”. Certainly doesn’t have a nice clean Macbook with a Moleskin notebook and mug of gourmet coffee. Do your user research. Don’t assume your users are hipsters just because you work with hipsters.

    • Lee says:

      I’m a type 1, normal BMI, 22 year old diabetic. I am friends with a lot of other young (and old) diabetics that certainly don’t fit in to that description of yours. If and when this technology is developed properly and works, I and others would most certainly be interested in this. (And yes it would be great if others with a low income could afford it also).

      Don’t assume all diabetics are fat with no income.
      And yes, I do own a macbook and drink fancy coffee.

  • Jburke says:

    Looks like a nice, clean design When might do you estimate this or something similar hitting the market?

  • Be says:

    From whence comes ure demographic information”?

  • indrajeet says:

    @NZ, @Be
    Hey NZ & Be, thanks for the feedback!..and Touche on the point of Macbook and Coffee, and if I may say, the same could have been represented by a tinpot Desktop/laptop with a typical Indian Chai…point taken tat my users are not hipsters (but they do look good with the product, don’t they?)

    Here is my take regarding the demographics….
    “The typical diabetes patient is low income, obese….”…this might be the truth in developed countries like USA but here in India, the diabetic demographics are not what you perceive them to be.
    You can go through the research papers below
    http://www.ibtimes.com/fat-land-india-obesity-affects-affluent-not-poor-1282445
    http://icmr.nic.in/ijmr/2012/october/Most_cited2.pdf

    LOW INCOME
    You can go through these cited research papers which clearly say that in India, Diabetes predominantly is a disease of the high/middle income group due to various factors like their sedentary lifestyle, more access and preference to fast food and some skewed cultural concepts.
    Here is a quote from the study…
    “In the U.S., wealthier families are more knowledgeable about nutrition and hence have lower levels of obesity,” said Seema Gulati, an official at the foundation, the principal author of the study. “[But in India] children from well-to-do families were overweight or obese and so were their mothers,” suggesting poor nutritional knowledge among even well-educated, upper-income young mothers.”
    one may easily infer that these obese kids go on to become obese adults with diabetes.

    OBESE:
    While i couldn’t agree with you more on this, genetic make up and lifestyle has more to do with onset of diabetes rather than obesity.

    WEARABLE:
    Taking the reference of popularly accepted “Technology Adoption Life cycle” curve by Geoffrey Moore, so it would be really unrealistic of me to expect this device to be an instant adaptability in the market. I would rather give it 4-5 years.(once the technological functionality has been perfected)

    Rather than me making the device as a wearable,
    – the need for perpetual display,
    – instant alerts and glancebility
    – form acceptability and familiarity
    – trans dermal technology
    dictated the concept device to be mounted on the wrist.

  • Sade Noack says:

    I would love to get one of these fit bands when they are available. Please keep us updated on price and where we can purchase one of these.

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