Wearable devices have made a big splash in the tech industry over the past few years. Many consumers like having something around their wrist to track data, display notifications, and even communicate with their friends and family.
While these gadgets are great for entertainment and productivity, they basically do the same things our smartphones do, just on a smaller screen. Some may say they’re pointless, some are thoroughly impressed.
Either way, wearable devices are here to stay, and they are being developed even further – but not just as accessories for your smartphone. Recently, there have even been some advances made in the medical field with the use of wearable devices. Monitoring important conditions like glucose, or blood sugar, is now easier than ever and will help to eliminate the mess from current blood drawing methods.
The Evolution of the Glucose Monitor
Glucose monitors have been around for years, and they are a great way to study and maintain your optimal levels throughout the day. These monitors can be a hassle though. The machine is used in conjunction with a small strip that you place a small sample of blood on to test your glucose level.
Each time you need to check your blood sugar, you have to prick your finger and hope you get enough blood for the sample. In cases where there is not a substantial amount of blood, the reading can be inconclusive and you have to start the process over.
As smartphones became more popular and were able to perform more tasks, some monitors, like the Dario, were developed to work with your smartphone to test your level. These work as attachments using your phone’s headphone jack and displaying your information in the accompanying app on your device. While this became easier to use, mostly due to not having to carry around two devices all day long, the issue of sample size and possible mess while pricking yourself still stood.
With the rise of wearable devices in recent years, a San Francisco-based company name Nootrobox aims at leveling the playing field and bringing the task of staying on top of your medical condition to the forefront of innovation.
The device, known as the Libre Pro, is a small wearable device that tracks your blood sugar level the same way as the traditional monitors patients with diabetes have been using for years, but without the hassle.
What Libre Pro Means for Diabetic Patients
Currently, LibrePro is exclusively for diabetic patients only. This allows the company to ensure the data collected by the device is as accurate as possible, and their niche market is getting the best care while using this seemingly-bionic attachment.
How does it work?
The device looks much like a patch, comparable to the patches hospitals use for EKGs, and goes on the patient’s arm, just above the inside of their elbow. The patch uses a subtle needle method to prick the person’s arm and draw a small sample to test. Once the data is collected, it is sent to the patch’s accompanying handheld device that tracks progress and keeps a record of all collected data.
The LibrePro is designed to help give people with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes by giving them the closest shot at a normal daily life as possible. The patient is able to simply place the patch on their body, and leave the rest to the device. The company hopes to encourage these patients to get out and be more active.
More importantly, they should not have to worry about checking their glucose levels on a strict schedule or creating a possible sample issue like with other devices in the past.