Medtronic’s MiniMed Connect device got approved faster than expected and has started shipping in the U.S., enabling smartphone viewing and remote monitoring of pump and CGM data. The $199 keychain device receives data from a nearby MiniMed 530G or Revel pump and sends it via Bluetooth to a nearby Apple iPhone or iPod Touch app (Android is in development). Data is then uploaded to Medtronic’s web-based CareLink software, where it can also be viewed in near real-time from any device with an Internet connection. Up to three caregivers can receive text message notifications, alerting them to out-of-range glucose values and pump alarms. The $199 device is unfortunately not covered by insurance.  (Item #1)