Beegeebee: A Kid's Watch for Monitoring Diabetes

Beegeebee: A Kid’s Watch for Monitoring Diabetes


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For Carla Diana’s Smart Objects class Kathryn McElroy and Rae Milne (MFA Interaction Design candidate) created Beegeebee, a watch that allows kids to monitor their blood glucose levels.

Engaging kids in their own diabetes care is essential. The Beegeebee watch was designed to empower kids to be responsible for their own health. Beegeebee monitors blood glucose levels in a way that makes it fun and easy to manage diabetes.

Beegeebee (short for “blood glucose buddy”) starts with a continuous blood glucose sensor attached to the child’s torso. The sensor sends real-time information to the buddy watch the child wears. The face of the watch indicates blood glucose levels in an approachable and easy to learn way, with colors that go from cool (low blood glucose levels) to warm (high blood glucose levels). The watch has a variety of interchangeable faceplates that can easily match a child’s moods or trends at school. It beeps or vibrates to indicate the need for an insulin shot or a snack. The wristwatch also relays data to a smartphone app so the parent or caregiver can keep track of their child’s health, without being intrusive.

The final deliverables for this class included a product mockup, a prototype of the app, and a working program using Arduino and Processing to simulate the different states of the watch. [This project was featured in’s Innovators in Design series.]