Bayer Working on Blood Glucose Meter for the DS

Andy Chalk

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Bayer Working on Blood Glucose Meter for the DS


Pharmaceutical giant Nintendo DS [http://www.bayer.com/en/homepage.aspx] which will encourage children to regularly test their blood glucose and, hopefully, to take better care of them.

The Didget will plug into Nintendo DS or DS Lite handhelds and works in conjunction with two games, Knock 'Em Downs: World's Fair and Mini Game Arcade, to encourage kids to test their blood glucose regularly. The unit supports two testing modes, basic and advanced, and "consistent" testing is rewarded with points that can be used to unlock levels and buy items within the games.

The device was developed in conjunction with Paul Wessel, the founder of Nintendo Game Boy [http://www.guidancehealth.com/]. Wessel noticed that while his son was always losing his blood glucose meter, he never had that problem with his DS and thus struck the inspiration for the Didget.

The Didget fits into the Slot-2 connector on the DS and DS Lite, which unfortunately means it won't be compatible with the newer bayerdidget.com [http://www.nintendodsi.com/meet-dsi.jsp] for more information.

via: GamesIndustry [http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/ds-peripheral-allows-diabetics-to-test-glucose-levels]


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Onyx Oblivion

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Nintendo <color=red>D(iabete)<color=red>S

This is a nice idea, but I'm not sure it will sell. After all, how many kids like to prick their fingers?
 

Cousin_IT

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kinda cool idea, though attaching it to 2 shovelware games isnt a great way to get stock moving
 

bodyklok

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So, how how is this going to test your blood sugar level? By sticking a needle in you? Oh that sounds like great fun...

Onyx Oblivion said:
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That was pretty funny, cookie for you.
 

CoverYourHead

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... I... just... *sigh* really? "Hey, you know what kids like? Checking their blood-sugar level while playing video-games!" I mean, you really should have to worry unless you have diabetes... I just don't get this world anymore.
 

hopeneverdies

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Yes because we all know people who actually buy those games. And if it isn't packaged with them (probably), how can it be expected to sell really?
 

HT_Black

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...I don't know if this or that pulse sensor thing is more face-palm-ish. Seriously...I almost cried and laughed at the same time when I read this.
 

messy

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See I don't think this is the worse idea, the only problem is parents will still make sure they've done it anyway. Could be useful in hospitals I suppose but price will limit it's use
 

Jamash

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I wonder how long it is before we read a story about some dumb kid putting themselves into a hyperglycaemic coma because they were trying to get the high score in Knock 'Em Downs: World's Fair or Mini Game Arcade, due to a stupid rumour on one of those bullshit game cheat websites.

"Dude, I read on the internet that if you eat a bag of sugar before doing the blood test game you totally unlock Grim Reaper Mario".
 

Leathersoup

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Why does it have it's own display? That's a horrible design. It should use the Nintendo DS to display the information. That way it could simply be flush with the DS, and allow you to insert the strips etc into the cartridge. This will get lost just as quickly as any other blood meter.
 

Pendragon9

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Really, Nintendo?! You're going to approve this?

Have some decency, you greedy little money grubbers.
 

Eruanno

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So... I can see how kids with diabetes could use this... but... isn't that kind of a slim market for a gaming peripheral?

Plus, shouldn't people who have issues with their glucose levels have, I don't know, some sort of other peripheral to help them keep track of this? (Like asthmatic people carrying an inhalator. Speaking of which, is there a Nintendo Inhalator yet?)