Amy Tenderich has written An Open Letter to Steve Jobs. She wants the God of Silicon valley cool to get into the design of medical devices so that her insulin pump comes in pretty colors, just like the iPod. Well I have an iPod (bought for me as a gift ) and I have one warning for Amy. Make sure that when Apple designs an insulin pump it:
1. Has an on/off switch (by far the most annoying feature of my iPod is the inability to turn it off without pressing about 15 times on the stop button…holding it down, hoping that it’s finally off, then it starting up again, and repeat)
2. Has a battery that lasts more than2 hours, and goes from indicating “fully charged” to “about to run out” via some other median stages. Mine doesn’t bother with telling you that.
3. Accepts blood types that are non-A(pple) and doesn’t try to convert it all into type Apple. (Worse on the video player)
4. doesn’t just randomly die, in the expectation that you’ll just go buy another one (read the iPod forums for lots of reports of this)
If you have to deal with all this to have an insulin pump that looks cool, I’m not sure it’s a trade-off I’d take. On the other hand, the current clunky insulin pumps might all have those problems already!