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Flip Glucose and Lancing Unit

Flip Glucose and Lancing Unit

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Published by: fuev6576 on Apr 30, 2011
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Objective:

People with diabetes have to carry around a lot of equipment in order to maintain there blood sugar levels

Goal:

A design that will consolidate a glucose meter and a lancing device into one unit that makes medical waste easy to dispose of so it doesn’t impacts the environment.

Problem
DiabetesMine 2011 | Fue Vang

“Flip” the glucose monitoring
Combines both glucose meter and lancing devices into one unit to be easily packed away.

DiabetesMine 2011 | Fue Vang

38 mm. 70 mm.

95 mm.

75 mm.

89 mm.

Dimensions
DiabetesMine 2011 | Fue Vang

1. Pull level down and up to compress the spring inside.

2. The lancet is ready to project with the push of the blue button.

3. When the user is ready they can put their finger on the lancing area to be tests.

Lancing Device
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1. Pull level down and up.

2. Test strip is released and revealed ready for a test.

Glucose Meter
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FI L P

    “FLIP”  GLUCOSE  MONITORING  SYSTEM  by  Fue  Vang   Over 20 million Americans of all ages are affected by diabetes, and there is no doubt that all of these people suffer with any amount of depression because of it. Many feel that diabetes has taken over their life because now they can no longer eat the foods they enjoy most, the mobility in their legs decreased, they have to take insulin and check their glucose levels daily. Some have even lost limbs and eyesight to diabetes. The product that you are now looking at is a product designed to help the diabetic take back their life. It is a product designed for simplicity, safety for the user and the environment, and comfort. It takes minimal time in one’s day to use and will give back a sense of control in a user’s life. That is the kind of product that has been designed for this contest. This product is called the Flip Diabetes Glucose Monitoring System. In this design, the lancing device and glucometer have been consolidated to make life easier on the user. Instead of having to carry needles and test strips everywhere they go, the glucometer will be able to hold a cartridge of ten test strips and 20 lancing needle on parallel sides. Though there is no link between diabetes and arthritis, the Centers for Disease Center found that over half the diabetic population also suffered from arthritis. Therefore, users who suffer from diabetes along with other complications, such as arthritis, will find using this device a comfort for their life, because now they no longer have to fumble with the test strips. The mechanics of this design is simple and suitable for all ages. Similar to the Breeze 2 glucometer, the product will operate on a ratchet system. It will have two sides that point the test strip and the lancet in the same direction. The lancing side is just a simple thumb movement to pull back to load the needle and then a simple push of the button lets the needle gently pierces the skin with precision and as little pain possible. The other side is the glucose meter. It has the same pull back motion as the lancing device except it does not project. It just pulls and pushes up the glucose strip inside from the disc cartridges and exposes it to be tested. This product

 

makes it easier for the user to have both the lancet and the strip accessible at the same time. That way the user could lance and then test on the strip. Within seconds of drawing the drop of blood from the user, the user will easily be able to read the glucose levels displayed on the large screen of the printed circuit board. The device will be able to keep a track record of their glucose levels for up to 500 tests. Along with the levels, the device will record the date and time that the test was taken. With this glucometer, users will also be able to set an alarm to remind them of when to take their medications and to do glucose readings. Because most glucometers use Triple A batteries, users have to spend more money purchasing batteries to operate their glucometers. The Flip glucometer, however, will have a thin lithium rechargeable battery connected to the printed circuit board that can be easily recharged by connecting the glucometer to any computer or laptop with a USB cable. Once the glucometer has been connected to a computer or laptop, the glucometer will recharge. As it is recharging, the user can upload their readings into a spreadsheet to help the user see and understand their results better so they can better regulate their daily activities to help them reach their target goals. One should not have to feel ashamed for having diabetes, which is why the aesthetic design of this product keeps the consumers’ confidence in mind. The universal symbol for diabetes is a blue circle. Keeping that concept in mind, this product will use the same shape but will come in different colors to match the user’s personality. The product will have a modern design so that the user may feel confident being seen with it. Children can use this anywhere and won’t have to feel out of place, while young adults don’t have to worry about it looking like an obvious clinical device. Once this confidence has been instilled, the user may find it easier to share with others their experience with diabetes and build stronger support networks to help them in the fight to take back their life. Designing this product involved researching the current market and talking to actual diabetics. This task was difficult because one is not a diabetic. One had four weeks to accomplish a goal of designing a new structure that would merge both a lancing device and a glucose meter into one product. With this in mind, one went to research online what are the best and most used devices for both lancing and measuring. The market didn’t offer too many that were different from each other. The tools that caught one’s eyes were the Renew Advance Lancing Device and the Breeze 2 Glucose meter. Both of these two items run on disc cartridges. The Renew hold 20 lancets that are preloaded into the cartridge and the Breeze 2 holds 10 strips. From talking to diabetics, they told me that they go through at least 8-9 tests a day. It made sense to have 10 strips in a round to be at a diabetics reach. One thought instead of carrying a tube of strips all day they could just carry one extra disc of each tool. This influenced the idea of having just one unit for both tasks more intriguing. The online research was great but talking to real diabetics who do a daily routine gave me more insight. One of the diabetics who were interviewed is a mother of three children. She has type two diabetic, meaning that the type of diabetes she has mimics the symptoms of type one. Being a mother of three, she follows a daily routine because her children are so young and require a lot of attention, but taking care of her diabetes requires just as much time and effort. Her routine consists of taking a test when she woke up, taking one an hour after every meal, then one more at night before she sleeps. Now imagine having to work around three other children’s schedules. She also shared about how she puts all her waste into a plastic Tupperware for safety reasons. Because she has kids, she didn’t want her children to poke themselves by accident. This inspired the cartridge design. Having this kind of design would make it easier to transport

waste to the rightful place to be disposed. The reason why that is brought to the attention is because she has a co-worker who just throws lancet needles into the trash. This waste will impact the environment if it isn’t dealt with either. If these lancets are not properly handled the lancet may accidental poke another person, whether it be a small child, or the garbage man. Because a person can’t see it, doesn’t mean it isn’t going to cause harm. It is good when a product is thought about in a full 360. It is not an easy task to do. That is why the design of the Renew and Breeze 2 was something to build off of. The process of design began with sketching out concepts of how the device would look like. While sketching, one kept in mind that there is a target group that was to be met. The target group was for young adults who care about how things look and feel. The design is important because a person should not feel uncomfortable to use the product around normal people. This would help with a person remembering to use the device. When researching forums, some people say that others will not use them as often because of the look of the devices. It should be appealing and not an everyday clinical device. After the sketching, making rough models to see how it would feel in a users hand was the next task. One had to construct three models to see which one would work better with the target group. That is why the device that was design is round shape to fit in small or big hands. Then when the shape of the device was confirmed, it was time to refine the design to see where everything would go and how it would work in real life.

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