Cactus – Diabetes management kit

CACTUS is a design-concept that has been developed to support diabetics by providing reliefin everyday life, reliable long-term-recording and integration into modern lifestyles.Special attention was given to seamless handling and high flexibility in everysituation.


Currently diabetics have to take many different components along with them and to write adiary about blood sugar levels. The resulting effort in organizing these thingsand the possible mistakes make daily life more difficult. CACTUS optimizes thissituation by offering every feature that is needed for regulation of bloodsugar levels during the day and yet it is just about the size of a spectaclecase.

Thereby CACTUS divides the application scenario into two product states – measuringblood sugar levels and insulin injection. If the measuring state is activatedby opening CACTUS towards the bottom side, all the tools needed for measuringblood glucose levels and calculation of the insulin dose are accessible. Calculationand indications are displayed via energy efficient e-ink technology.

Once theinsulin dose is calculated, CACTUS is opened on the upper side for injection.After taking out the pen, one of the needles stored inside the case, can beapplied. The dose can be corrected directly on the pen if needed and pushingthe tip will start the injection process. The intuitive procedure of slidingthe case open in both directions not only organizes the action areas, but also divides CACTUS into a protective cover and a functional inner part.

While CACTUS’interface goes along with all actions, recorded data can be saved viaM2M-communication so it can be visualized on other devices. This creates interactionbetween CACTUS and the patient’s smart phone or the doctor’s computer, who canlog into the data via DocCheck-verification.

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Author: thebluecircleproject

A design learner from Pune, India.

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