This week we had our final Smart Object class. My partner Rae and I presented beegeebee, a smart blood glucose monitoring system for young diabetic children (ages 6-8) and their parents.
The system uses a continuous blood glucose monitor (currently up for approval by the FDA) that sends information in real-time to a wrist watch the child wears. The watch relays this information to an app on the caregiver’s smartphone so he or she can keep track of BG levels.
The watch uses a fun character face, with interchangeable faceplates, to indicate blood glucose levels to the child in an approachable and easy to learn way. The face changes color and expression as the blood glucose level goes up or down and beeps and/or vibrates when the child needs either insulin or a snack.
The child gains ownership and empowerment by having the ability to choose the faceplate, with different characters such as Batman, a robot, a kitty, or many others. They also begin associating the different “good” and “bad” expressions with the blood glucose numbers, making it easier to learn and remember what numbers indicate high and low blood glucose.
The faceplates will be made by secondary companies that have access to the user interface, allowing them to change the sounds and faces on screen depending on the RFID imbedded in each faceplate. We want this system to be open and easy to customize, making an easier transition into living with diabetes.
Our presentation also included a video user scenario and an interactive programmed prototype that I will upload in a few days.