University Project

Hi everyone,

I have recently completed a university project where through primary research with type 1 diabetes patients, the main issue identified was the amount of equipment and medication they require. I have designed a product called The JDRF Snapbox, this is a compact storage device that allows users to adjust what equipment they specifically need. Whether you are travelling, going to work, exercising or popping to the shops you can adjust your equipment needed with ease. I need some user feedback so would really appreciate your comments and feedback on the idea and concept.


Your presentation is graphically interesting, but I don’t really understand what this product is. How large are these blocks, individually and as a whole? How would you carry it? I carry a blood glucose meter, glucose tablets, and pump supplies in my purse. While it gets a little bulky, it all fits in a normal-sized purse. Also, I carry the same stuff around day after day, because I have to be prepared for anything at any given time, whether I want to or not. I’m not sure what a modular system could offer, but I guess more information is needed because this looks like it could be very bulky and awkward to carry around.

The product is ment to ease the life of patients, not everyone may want one but through my research the main issues were the fact that people had a lot of equipment and wanted a more compact and accessible way to carry and use this. I am in no way a product designer but I have come up with a concept. The boxes will be slightly bigger than the average size of each piece of equipment and the material would be very durable. Teenagers have to also carry this equipment and when at school there bags can be thrown and bashed around, This would protect their equipment. This is also evident in exercise, they will be able to know their equipment they need is safe, in one place and where to find it. I know that you don’t always have to take everything with you from the amount of research I have carried out. There is ease to adjust to this whether you want to or not. It would fit in your purse just like before or wherever you want to put it but I will be safer and more accessible. Its main USP is that it is adjustable, easier, lighter than other carry cases, and can be visually more personal. I hope this helps you understnad the concept further. Thanks for the feedback.

Please don’t say that carrying around T1D supplies is embarrassing! You don’t want to encourage the perception that managing T1D is something that should be hidden … it is exactly that feeling that prevents many kids with T1D from testing regularly and effectively managing their blood sugar levels.
It isn’t embarrassing to be mature enough to manage the daily testing requirements necessary to keep yourself healthy.

I agree with @teeoneedeemom. It’s challenging enough to get my 16 year old to test. It’s not embarrassing for him, mostly it’s just that he HAS to do it that is the issue (he kind of likes the attention of testing at the table during lunch at school). He has a pump which he carries on his belt and a meter which is in a pouch. In the pouch he carries some skittles and smarties in case he goes low. In his backpack or bike bag he carries a glucagon kit and an extra set of batteries in case his pump or meter needs it. Getting him to carry a rigid box would be a stretch (even if it were small), but maybe it would be nice to store supplies in at home. Right now we keep them in a large ugly box. Insulin has to be kept cold, so if one of these little boxes had a place for a cool pack that would be helpful when traveling. Other than that I’d say most people make due with carrying supplies in their purse or pocket, especially if they have a pump.