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Pain-free non-invasive blood sugar monitor for use with any compatible smart device in the Afon pipeline

The Afon blood sugar sensor should do away with painful fingertip pricking for millions of people with diabetes. (Image source: Afon/Unsplash - edited)
The Afon blood sugar sensor should do away with painful fingertip pricking for millions of people with diabetes. (Image source: Afon/Unsplash - edited)
A pain-free blood glucose sensor is being trialed by a UK-based company called Afon Technology. While there are supposedly various non-invasive hardware solutions being worked on, the Afon blood sugar level monitor comes as a supplementary device that people with diabetes can connect with their existing smartphone or smartwatch.

Afon Technology, which is based in Monmouthshire in Wales, is working on a pain-free, non-invasive blood glucose monitor that can be utilized alongside a compatible smart device such as a watch, phone, or tablet. The Afon sensor is worn on the inside of the wrist and can measure critical data without having to break the skin. This would be a great relief to those suffering from diabetes who have to rely on painful fingertip pricking to measure their blood sugar levels.

As the Afon monitor relies on Bluetooth communication via a companion app, users won’t have to splash out on a new specialized smartwatch or smartphone. As the product description states, the “sensor is independent of your watch or operating system”. Information is fed continuously from the blood glucose monitor to the app in real time and the Afon device has no replaceable parts so would also likely be much cheaper than a smartphone/smartwatch hardware solution.

Rendered images of the Afon Technology blood glucose monitor (see below) show how it could easily be worn with a smartwatch with a modified wrist strap, although the device features detail that even this is not necessary for use, as “it can be worn with any or no watch”. Clinical reports from a few months ago have offered positive feedback for the Afon sensor, with an expert in diabetes research proclaiming, “We evaluated the Afon device under both hyper-and hypoglycemic conditions during the clinical trials and we were surprised and excited by the possibilities of this technology”.

There has been mention of the Afon blood sugar level monitor possibly seeing the light of day by the end of 2022, so there is still quite a bit of a wait for those diabetes sufferers who have to use an invasive method for health disorder management. However, it should be worth the wait in the long run, as Afon points out that someone with Type 1 diabetes will have to measure their blood glucose levels over 80,000 times throughout their life.

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Afon sensor on smartwatch. (Image source: Afon)
Afon sensor on smartwatch. (Image source: Afon)
Afon sensor with smart devices. (Image source: Afon)
Afon sensor with smart devices. (Image source: Afon)
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Daniel R Deakin - Managing Editor News - 2697 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My interest in technology began after I was presented with an Atari 800XL home computer in the mid-1980s. I especially enjoy writing about technological advances, compelling rumors, and intriguing tech-related leaks. I have a degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies and count my family, reading, writing, and travel as the main passions of my life. I have been with Notebookcheck since 2012.
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Daniel R Deakin, 2021-11-28 (Update: 2021-11-28)