Glucometers are devices that measure the glucose content in blood. All devices today require, unfortunately, blood. The user has to prick their skin with a needle to get a drop of blood which is then placed on a glucometer strip. When this strip is inserted into the glucometer, it shows the sugar/glucose content. This is a rather unpleasant experience especially for kids.
But, the glucometers of the future promise non invasive ways of measuring blood glucose. Latest technologies allow measurement of blood glucose through the fingers and ear lobes, using infrared technology among others.
Here is a list of some of the best non invasive glucose monitors of the future. Some of them are available already, others are in the testing stages where as some are pure concepts. But, with the technology changing at the pace it is today, the concepts are not that far from reality.
TensorTip CoG – Combo Glucometer
Status : Available
The Tensor Tip CoG Combo Glucometer is both an invasive and non-invasive glucometer designed by an Israeli firm. It is already available in the market !! It requires around 2 weeks to initially configure itself to read and understand your blood glucose levels. Once configured, it can be used as a non-invasive device. Just place you finger in the device’s cavity and it will show your reading in a couple of minutes. No more lancing and getting that drop of blood for measuring blood glucose. It uses a patented technology that uses tissue photography to read your blood sugar. Head over here to buy the device.
The GlucoTrack is another non-invasive glucomter already available in some parts of the world. It uses three difference technologies to accurately measure blood glucose. It uses ultrasonic, electromagnetic and thermal technologies for an accurate measurement. It is availabe here. It comes with a clip which has to be clipped onto your ears for taking the measurement.
Status : Clinical Trials, Preorders in 2016.
A small device that can be easily carried anywhere. Its super easy to use it and can be used almost anywhere. It takes the readings off your finger and comes with a smartphone app and a cloud account which delivers customised feedbacks. It truly seems like the future of glucometers. The device has been created by MediWise a company in the United Kingdom. Head over to gluocowise website for more information.
Temporary tattoo glucometer !!
Status: Under research and development
The smallest and the coolest device in this list. A temporary tattoo that can monitor blood glucose. Designed in the University of California, San Diego, it measures the glucose within your skin. It does not require blood and works by passing tiny charges and reading them. It is still in testing stages but has proved to be as accurate as any prick device . They are planning to add the capability of transferring the measurement to a Bluetooth capable devise. I hopeful of seeing this reaching the general public in the next few years. Go over to UCSDNEWS to follow the device.
Status : Concept
This devise is truly futuristic. It is beautiful and does not look like a medical device at all. It will definitely remove the stereotype of medical devices being painful and will be a great device for children. It also promises non invasive measurement by passing infrared light through the palm of your hand. How feasible is it? Coupled with the technology of this device, it is just a matter of time before it becomes available. Head over to tuvie to find out more about this design.
Blood Sucking Glucose Monitor
Status : Concept
This is a concept design of Glucometers for children. It is so beautiful that if materialised it will help kids take their minds off the lancing needle whenever they have to measure their glucose. It comes with a Batman like face along with tiny wings. It can hold all the parts of a glucometer and is a cute little storage device. It is a complete design and with an accompanying with the user interface designed especially for kids. More information is available at >a href=”http://www.yankodesign.com/2013/04/16/blood-sucking-glucose-monitor/”>YankoDesign
Measuring Less To Feel More
Status : Concept
Ever felt stressed by the Glucometer device itself? Stress contributes to diabetes and the Glucometer shouldn’t be one of the factors for stress . If you want a visual indicator color coded to show how high your sugar level is, then this is a good fit for you. If you have trouble with your eye sight or if you are wearing a pirate patch, a led indicator for your sugar level might be a blessing. More information is available at mickaelboulay.fr/.
Status : Concept
Another concept which seems to be very similar to the Lima in color scheme. This one is pretty cool and it is a little hard to believe that it will be available anytime soon. But in this age of implanting chips inside the body to measure vital signs, this devise might not be as far out in the future as I think.