LG KP8400 Cell phone with blood glucose monitor
In an unusual, but sensible, marriage of technologies, LG has released the KP8400 cellphone in Korea that doubles as a blood test for diabetics. The phone includes a tester into which users can place a blood test drop on a strip, place the strip in a special reader on the phone (located near the phone’s battery pack), and get insulin and blood readings on the phone display. Readings can then be uploaded to an online database for retrieval later on. Because of the added technology the rest of the phone isn’t anything to write home about, but it’s more than sufficient: 262k color TFT display, CIF camera, and 64 voice polyphonic sound. The CDMA KP8400 handset was co-developed with health care equipment company Healthpia, and will sell for the equivalent of about US$380 in LG’s home market of Korea.