Apple has started selling a new FDA-approved blood glucose monitoring kit on its online store, created by the health startup One Drop.
Costing $99.95, the device comprises a Bluetooth-enabled blood glucose meter, 100 test strips, carry case, and a chrome lancing device — which we’re helpfully told was based on a Marc Jacobs lipstick design.
Apple devices already present several ways for users with diabetes to better cope with the disease. For example, the company Dexcom offers the Share2 app and sensor, which gives Apple Watch owners the ability to display glucose data on their wrist.
What One Drop hopes to do is to offer a CareKit and HealthKit-approved technology that works with both the iPhone and Apple Watch, and allows users to easily share relevant data points with physicians and caregivers.
The lancing device requires only a tiny drop of blood (0.5 micrometer) to carry out its analysis, and this sits flush against your fingertip, drawing a “perfect drop” of blood each time.
Last but not least, One Drop wants its product to look like it belongs alongside Apple’s beautifully-designed hardware. We’ve already mentioned the sleek chrome finish and lipstick-inspired lancet, but pains have also been taken to ensure it offers the kind of unboxing experience that would make Jony Ive proud.
In terms of pricing, the kit will set you back a hundred bucks, while additional test strips can be obtained individually or via a One Drop Premium $39.95 a month subscription service, or one costing $399.95 per year.