A number of issues were presented to us from Children’s hospital of Minnesota in relation to the diabetes management products that kids are required to use to control their type 1 diabetes. Many of these devices are not designed with children in mind. This has led to issues with the devices themselves as well as compliance issues with the child managing their disease as they should. To help initiate the discussion around these devices, a concept development project was initiated looking at the potential ways of making these everyday devices more child and kid friendly, with the ultimate hope that this will allow them to better manage their disease and better maintain their health.
The main features of this product include:
- Concept generation for child-friendly diabetes management tools [pumps, glucose meters, insulin pens, etc.]
Current Activities Include:
- Receiving feedback on first round of concepts
- Exploring additional areas within childhood diabetes that can be improved or have an unmet need met
- Project identified and supported through Children’s Hospital of Minnesota
- Fall 2009, Senior Industrial Design Project initiated with University of Wisconsin – Stout