An estimated 25,000 children in the UK have diabetes. If your child is one of these, you'll know that it can sometimes be a struggle to get them to monitor their glucose levels regularly. But one thing children never forget is where they left their games console. Now a new gadget aims to harness children's passion for games and combine this with testing glucose levels. Didget was the brainchild of a parent with a son with diabetes whose child could never find his monitor but could always find his game boy, and is intended for use by children aged from 5 to 14. It's the first and only blood glucose meter for children with diabetes that connects directly to the Nintendo DS™ and DS™ Lite gaming systems. This encourages the child to manage their diabetes themselves without always having to be nagged by their parents.
The meter positively reinforces consistent testing habits by awarding points that kids can use to unlock new game levels and customise their gaming experience. It comes with Knock 'Em Downs™: World's Fair, wh ich includes a full length adventure game and mini game arcade.