Living with Diabetes

Smart Touch is a concept designed to be integrated into an object that most young people carry with them all the time; their smartphone. A precise mechanism integrated in the slim circular disc on the back of the casing enables to take four blood samples. Only one finger is needed to activate the needle lancet and draw a drop of blood. The test contains a chemical glucose reagent that has been dropped on a paper strip. Rotating the disc by 45 degrees, the sample is placed in front of the phone’s own camera and scanned to enable the app to process this variation in colour of the chemical glucose reagent by comparing with a reference colour. It gives back to the user an accurate measure of blood glucose. You then just need to rotate the disc by 45 degrees again to make a new “test needle” pops up the next time you need to make the test. Once you have used all four needles the cartridge has to be replaced with a fresh one. This can be done at the end of the day when charging the phone.  


All Smart Touch users have the opportunity to become part of a social enterprise called Care Trade. Smart Touch collects health data on the person in a way that seamlessly integrates with the function of the object. By cross referencing the data readings with other information about that person, such as age and gender, a detailed user profile can be built. Care Trade sells these profiles anonymously to pharmaceutical industries, as they have high monetary value. The data can be used to develop better products and, in turn, generate money for them. Care Trade then uses this income to provide people in developing countries with the aid they so desperately need. Care Trade can deliver the results of this aid back to the Smart Touch user, so that they can see the difference they are making to someone’s life. This economically sustainable system supports both users.. By using Smart Touch, every user can donate aid by simply doing more blood tests. By doing something that is good for themselves, they are also doing something that helps someone in need. This alternative use of data allows products not only to help us lead healthier lives but also to create a system where support is given to the people without.


Winner in Creativity of The Helen Hamlyn Design Awards 2012

'Highly Commended' by the Royal Society of Arts 2012 Design Direction Award

Third Place in Pininfarina Design Award 2012

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