Dario turns your smartphone into a mobile diabetes monitor
The Dario Meter is a pocket-sized,smartphone-connected monitor for people with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. It's cheap and easy to use, logs blood sugar levels andother important stats via a dedicated app, while automaticallykeeping loved ones and caregivers in the loop.
The device is designed tomake life that little bit easier for diabetes sufferers, providing asingle product and experience that lets them keep track of bloodsugar levels, insulin intake, calories consumed (via a built-in fooddatabase) and their exercise regime.
The meter itself plugs straight intoyour smartphone, working with both iOS and Android. Very small bloodsamples – just 0.3 microliters – are taken via an ultra-thinlancet, which is apparently pain-free to use. It takes just sixseconds to complete the whole blood glucose-metering process andaccording to the company, returns highly-accurate readings, despiteonly taking tiny blood samples.
The meter incorporates a cartridge of25 disposable strips that contain chemicals whch react with theglucose in the blood, giving the reading. Once a cartridge is usedup, you simply slip it out and put a new one in.
It also provides simple reports aboutthe health of the user, helping them to understand why their levelshave changed, as well as the ability to see an estimated A1C – ahaemoglobin measurement used to show average glucose levels overlonger periods of time.
Furthermore, if the user's blood sugarlevels get dangerously low, the app can automatically contact a lovedone or caregiver. All the data is stored in the cloud, andusers can allow family and friends to see it all by logging onthrough a web portal.
The other good news here is that theDario Meter is pretty inexpensive, coming in at £14.95 (US$23) for theLite version (blood glucose meter only) and £24.95 ($38) for the Allin One package (blood glucose meter plus test strips). In fact, you can currently get the All in One package for just £9.95 ($15) in honor of World Diabetes Month.