The smartphone that can do just about anything is poised to help save your life.
Pharmaceutical company Sanofi Aventis is prepping a hardware/software addon to turn the iPhone into a blood glucose meter, to allow those with diabetes to monitor their insulin levels. The iBG Blood Glucose Meter combines a dongle-like blood sample reader that plugs into the phone's Dock Connector port, and analysis software based on the free Wavesense Diabetes manager app. The system is currently being prepped for evaluation by the US Food and Drug Administration.
From both a medical and iPhone app-development standpoint, this is a major development. This isn't the first diabetes-management app that's come down the pike — we reviewed three of them in September 2008 — but it's one of the first attempts to add the functionality of a glucose meter. The iPhone SDK has allowed external sensory connectivity since June 2009, but so far device manufacturers have been slow at best to take advantage of it, with the exception of payment-processing systems like Square. The market success of the iBG could open the doors to many other manufacturers building iPhone hardware addons.
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