Monday 19 September 2011

"Stripless" Blood Glucose Meter: How Does it Work?

A few months ago, my family did a promotional video for Accuchek's new "stripless" meter, called the Mobile. Dylan absolutely loved the meter right away, and I was pretty amazed too, with its ease of use. I mean, let's be honest, those strips are messy, finicky, and just a plain nuisance. But how does the "stripless" meter work, you might be wondering? The Mobile has a cassette inside it, similar to an old music cassette tape popular in the 80's and 90's, only smaller. Inside it has a long tape that collects the blood samples and advanced itself each time you open the meter. Each cassette is good for 50 tests and costs slightly less than 50 strips.

Tonight when we were changing the cartridge, Dylan pulled out the tape in the used cartridge to see what it looked like inside. Pretty neat. So neat, in fact, that I had to take a quick picture and share it here! You can see that it's very long and has the blood collection sections separated by clear tape. For scale, the actual cassette (seen in the bottom left corner) is just under 2 inches tall.

For my original Mobile blog post, including the promotional video featuring Dylan and our family, click here.

*At the time of this post, the Mobile is available in Canada and the United Kingdom only.


  1. I hope this takes off. I'm so tired of strips. I have strips in my driveway, strips in my make-up bag, strips in the laundry, strips in the girls' toys, strips in the bathroom, the basement, the bedroom, the car, the garage... I'm just done with them!

  2. We got a Mobile sometime last year or the year before even - can't remember when!(we live in Australia). We love it. I know what Amy means about strips everywhere - we even found one in the dogs fur once!!

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