Test, play, win. That's the simple slogan behind Bayer Diabetes Care's clever new blood glucose monitoring system, Didget. Didget connects directly to Nintendo DS and DS Lite handhelds, helping kids manage their disease by awarding consistent testing with points that can be used to unlock in-game items.
Recently approved by the U.S. FDA, Didget works just like other portable blood glucose meters and can work without a Nintendo DS. But the system is designed to encourage kids to build consistent testing habits and meet blood glucose target ranges by tapping into their love for videogames.
Didget comes with Knock 'Em Downs: World's Fair, which includes a full-length adventure and mini arcade games. Kids that consistently test and hit target blood glucose levels win points to open new levels and items in the game.
"Regular blood sugar testing is critical for diabetes management and one of the biggest challenges facing parents of kids with diabetes is motivating their kids to develop good testing habits," Dr. Larry Deeb, pediatric endocrinologist and medical director for the Diabetes Center at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital in Florida, said in a statement. "Bayer's Didget meter adds an element of fun and rewards to the routine of testing and, by doing so, helps ease that parent/child tension that testing often creates."
Bayer's Didget is now available at retail for $74.99.