Editor's note: Updated on Wednesday, October 19
About a month ago, we had the pleasure of meeting Brooklyn-based designer, artist and health educator Sara Krugman at Maker Faire, where she eagerly told us about "Gio," the One-Handed Blood Glucose Meter. The project, a collaboration with fellow designer and artist Eric Forman, made it to the semi-finals of the Diabetes Mine 2011 Design Challenge.
The Gio is a small, sleek one-handed blood glucose (BG) meter designed to make testing fast and instinctive. It combines existing technologies (meter, lancet device, and lancet/strip drum) in a sleek and portable form that can be used at work, on the street, while exercising, even while walking fast to a late appointment. Displaying BG results only, the Gio offers a radically simple and clean user experience.
The device itself is intuitive and ergonomic, neither over- nor under-designed, and duly unassuming. The "Gio" is so discreet, in fact, that it might be mistaken for something else—an office accessory, candy dispenser or even a toy—such that a user would still be wise to keep it somewhere safe.
- On-the-go usability: needs just one hand and no surface
- Fast: 7 second total test time vs. ˜70 seconds with current meters
- Less pain: lancet drum automatically changes lancets
- Compatible with all application and other devices via bluetooth and mini-USB
- Self-contained and durable: no external case needed
- Dual-sided screen for fast testing with either hand
- Clear viewing lens keeps port clean while allowing visibility
- Lancing depth adjustment via intuitive finger pressure
- Fits in your pocket
I can't say that I've had firsthand experience with a BG meter, "small, sleek [and] one-handed" or otherwise, but I can imagine that the "Gio" marks a huge improvement over existing options, especially in a field that's generally underserved by design innovation. Forman has brought it to my attention that the full project page is online here, and a revised document is online here, though the "Gio" remains "a prototype / design exercise only, and there are no plans to actually build it." He also notes that "Sara and I are both Type 1 diabetics, and started discussing our frustrations with design innovation in that space, which is how the collaboration started."
Similarly, while we tend to highlight pure eye candy in our ongoing Flotspotting posts, Coroflot is home to countless projects that deserve a closer look. Credit to Sara (and Eric) for conceiving the "Gio"—maybe we'll see it in the Core77 Design Awards this year?