Designing for Diabetics

Inspired by consumer gadgetry, medical-device makers are creating slick tools for insulin injections and readings

Tom Baldwin, a 43-year-old flight attendant, regularly wears two sleek gadgets strapped to his belt: an iPhone on one side and his Medtronic (MDT) MiniMed insulin pump on the other. Baldwin, diagnosed with diabetes more than 20 years ago, says passengers and co-workers rarely question why he's got two devices attached to his body. The pump is compact, with a large screen that displays his body's glucose levels in real time and a friendly user interface that features several control buttons with arrows on them. The device, says Baldwin, "looks like a pager."

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