We’ve been overwhelmed by the (mostly positive) feedback for the Charmr concept, and we thank you for it. Comments like this one:
I am not a techie, just a Mom with a social work degree who has a 17 year old daughter with diabetes. My husband sent me this link and I am so excited that some real interest is being shown in developing an insulin pump with current technology. If I could get my daughter Caitlyn to download her pump record, when she is charging her IPOD and downloading music that would be a miracle. Currently the pump she has can’t download on our mac so we end up doing records by hand right before the next Doctors appt, not ideal. The charmr sounds really cool, she would wear it better than she wears her med alert necklace and it could take the place of that also. From a Mom’s heart Thanks for the real interest.
really got to us. It was a scramble to get the project completed in the very short timeframe we had (9 weeks) to research, design, and create the concept movie in.
Obviously in that time frame, we had very little time and no mechanical engineering resources with which to explore fully some of the engineering challenges that the Charmr requires. It is a concept, and a concept is only the starting point for any product. Around such topics as battery life, the size of the insulin reservoir, the exact size of the pump/monitor patch, and the different types of wireless technology to tie the system together, we simply had to make our best professional judgement as to what would be reasonably available in several years’ time. And, even after some of the critiques of the concept, I’m still convinced of its feasibility in the near future.
Some have asked why we didn’t solve the problems of diabetics right now. The reason is that while there could be some incremental changes to the pump/monitor system currently in place, those changes would make only a minor difference to diabetics. They wouldn’t address the range of issues we found in our research nor would they easily fit all the design principles we derived from the research. One might easily ask why it took Apple several years to design and develop the iPhone: because sometimes you have to wait for (or arrange) the technology and business opportunities to create a product that will disrupt the marketplace. Technology sometimes has to mature, and as many have rightly pointed out, the process for getting a medical device on the market takes much political and financial will. Additionally, we simply wanted to change the way people thought about these devices and how they could be designed, and that kind of demonstration isn’t accomplished by mincing steps. Bold strides were required.
So it might take several years for the technology to mature and for all the design decisions to be made and the product to be manufactured. But, based on comments like the one above, it might just be worth the wait.