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KITT Can Now Test Your Blood Sugar

Medtronics Diabetes Dashboard Monitor (Image courtesy bookofjoe) By Brian Liszewski

Much like an excess amount of alcohol in the blood can impair one’s ability to drive (among other things) a deficit in glucose or blood sugar can also have a dangerous effect when you get behind the wheel. In fact, the effects of type 1 diabetes can lead to dizziness, seizures and even a loss of consciousness, which makes operating a vehicle even more dangerous.

So to reduce the risk of accidents caused by diabetes, a company called Medtronic has created a dashbboard mounted device that works in conjunction with a glucose monitor to track the driver’s blood sugar levels. The monitor uses a wireless sensor that samples the driver’s blood glucose level every few minutes, and if it drops below an acceptable level, the dashboard unit notifies the driver with an audible warning. Unfortunately at that point it’s up to the driver to do the responsible thing and pull over until they get their glucose level back into the acceptable range, since the device in its current form is not able to disable the vehicle. However, I imagine it could eventually be used much like a built-in breathalyser to prevent the vehicle from starting in the first place if the driver’s blood sugar is at a dangerous level

[ Medtronic Diabetes ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]








  • http://www.flyinglow.ca Ehud42

    I'm a bit naive about glucose testing – when I watch my friends with diabetes test their blood sugar, it usually involves being pricked with a sharp point, causing a drop of blood to appear, which is then carefully places on a one time use testing strip, which is then inserted into the glucose monitor.

    The quote: “samples the driver's blood glucose level every few minutes” suggests a radically different way of testing blood sugar levels – or else the driver is going to be very distracted….

  • http://www.flyinglow.ca Ehud42

    I'm a bit naive about glucose testing – when I watch my friends with diabetes test their blood sugar, it usually involves being pricked with a sharp point, causing a drop of blood to appear, which is then carefully places on a one time use testing strip, which is then inserted into the glucose monitor.

    The quote: “samples the driver's blood glucose level every few minutes” suggests a radically different way of testing blood sugar levels – or else the driver is going to be very distracted….

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    This thing is quite great. With changing times and better lifestyle, there are many ailments that are being speculated as a flip side of being well.

  • http://www.auopartsdeal.com/audi/parts.html Audi Parts

    This thing is quite great. With changing times and better lifestyle, there are many ailments that are being speculated as a flip side of being well.