Demo Hour

Measuring Less to Feel More

Issue: XX.4 July + August 2013
Page: 8
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Mickael Boulay

Tools are supposed to help us. And yet, as I discovered, that is not always the case. Field research revealed the instrument used by patients with type 2 diabetes to measure blood sugar levels adds stress to the procedure. Stress, in fact, releases more sugar into the bloodstream, creating a vicious circle.

There is too much focus on precise numbers instead of on meaning.

This new device is more intuitive, subtle, and visual. Instead of displaying numerical values, the position of an LED light reveals simply whether the blood sugar level is high, low, or balanced.

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Mickael Boulay (in collaboration with Waag Society) | [email protected]