Austin Kahn
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As a daily user of a glucometer and blood sugar analysis kit, I experienced first hand the cumbersome, time consuming, and inefficient nature of both the physical device(s) and process involved.

When I discovered that the majority of users experienced these inconveniences, I set out to create and deliver a device that solves the major problems of a diabetes testing kit.

 

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Conventional Testing Process

 

The Research

I held two focus groups with a total of 30 Type 1 Diabetics of varying ages to:

- Validate the problems I found

-Receive user feedback on potential solutions

-Brainstorm with users about solutions

The insights gained from the focus groups proved to be great sources of first hand experience and motivation to develop a solution to real world problems

 
 
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3 Main Areas of focus

 
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Portability

The conventional testing kit requires an additional larger bag for transportation

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Sanitation

The small vial packed with test strips creates unsanitary testing conditions and discomfort 

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Convenience

With separate, bulky components, the user has to set down and remove each component from its holder before testing

 
 

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Product Goal

Design and distribute a portable device using existing technology that makes the blood glucose analysis testing process less cumbersome and more efficient

 

Business Strategy

To truly solve the problems I observed, I need to have my product manufactured and distributed to diabetics. After considering my options, I decided to set out to license the product I designed. This meant that my product needed to  consist of existing technology (no additional FDA approval) and a proprietary method/mechanism(s) for a patent


Ideation: Initial Concepts

 
 

 

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Utility Patent 9737254

I translated the concept from several specific sketches to a general set of statements and wrote a patent around them. I wrote the majority of the patent on my own, using existing patents as reference, and finally handed it off to a patent attorney for the final touches. I've always enjoyed writing, especially technical content, so this was a great  learning experience for me

After a year of working with the assigned Patent Examiner, I was granted a Utility Patent for my invention. My next step was to reach out to potential licensees, whom I am currently working with towards a licensing deal


 

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Showing the Scope of the patent


The Mechanism

Strip Band

When a strip is slid into the disposal position (left), the following strip is pulled via the band into the testing position (center)  

 

Slider

The user slides the control piece (red), which moves the test strip through the positions

 

 

Rough Protoype

A 3D printed, 3x scale, prototype of the Slider mechanism. 


 
 

The Form

Using clay, foam, silicon, and finally 3D printed-PLA, I created several different forms to show the flexibility of the design of the device, all with the same internal mechanism


 
 
 
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