By Andrew Liszewski
The current method for testing one’s blood sugar isn’t exactly fun, and that’s coming from someone who’s technically a grown-up. So I can’t imagine the process is any more enjoyable for kids who have to do it on a daily basis.
So the Glucoboy is a blood glucose meter that can be used in conjunction with a Nintendo Game Boy Advance or an online community to reward a child’s diligence when it comes to testing. Regular use of the meter combined with good results will earn them points that can be used to unlock mini-games on the included GBA cartridge or on the website.
Of course if you think you’ve seen the Glucoboy before you’re probably right. It’s taken the inventor, Paul Wessel, about 3 years to get approval from Nintendo to actually make the device. It’s finally available in Australia for about $260, but there are plans to eventually make it available worldwide.