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Talking Glucose Meter Tells Reading and Identifies Insulin Type


Dec 1, 1998

Visually impaired people with diabetes now have a glucose monitor, called the Accu-Chek Voicemate, that talks them through their tests. Manufactured by Eli Lilly and Company and Roche Diagnostics, the Voicemate's voice tells people their blood sugar levels and which type of insulin they are using.

To use the Voicemate, a person goes through the following steps:

  • Acquire a blood sample through normal means.
  • Find the test strip on the Voicemate. Its curved edge tells you that you are in the right spot.
  • About 40 seconds later, the voice tells the blood glucose level.
  • Feel for the bar code reader and insert your insulin vial. The monitor then tells the kind of insulin being used.

"Insulin identification is an obstacle for people who are visually impaired with diabetes," said Maura Kahn, brand manager for U.S. diabetes care at Lilly.

The Voicemate, designed for the United States' two million visually impaired people with diabetes, came to the market in October 1998.


Categories: Blood Glucose, Blood Sugar, Diabetes, Insulin, Meters



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