Continuous Glucose Monitors (CGM's) are among the most powerful new technologies improving the quality of life and clinical outcomes for a growing number of people with diabetes.
And yet there are many situations like being in class or on a date, driving in a car or engaged in a meeting or sports event when loud, repetitive alarms and disruptive screen-watching just don’t work. Ironically it is often at times when physical or cognitive performance matter most, CGM users have to choose between staying aware of their blood glucose and risking the disruption or embarrassment of a loud alarm calling attention to them among their classmates, colleagues and friends.
Though some customization is available, the current paradigm often leaves CGM users chasing highs and lows and suffering alarm fatigue.
"Whenever someone says
'Please silence your phones,'
my anxiety goes way up."
-22yo CGM user
Ambient Glucose Awareness
But what if we shifted this vital data stream from audio and visual alerts to the user's sense of touch?
Subtle, ongoing tactile input from your wrist, almost imperceptible when you're steady and in range, but slowly ramping up in intensity and differentiation as you move towards the boundaries of your target numbers. This would allow you to stay on top of of your blood glucose without even having to look up from a task, or break eye contact with your date, or the road!
Our design, built on the groundbreaking neuroscience of sensory augmentation, transforms blood glucose monitoring from one more way that diabetes interrupts your life, to a personal, discreet, ambient awareness of what’s happening with your body as a new sensory experience.
While we are still prototyping, we are also in conversations two companies developing hardware for a dedicated haptic device that would serve as the the most robust incarnation of bgAWARE. But hardware takes time.
So we are actively developing bgAWARE as an application for the latest
Fitbit smartwatches and for
the Apple Watch.
While more limited than the dedicated hardware device we are designing, this will allow us to assess the community interest in a new modality for CGM with existing wearable hardware before we have to the investment needed to bring custom hardware to market.
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