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Diabetes mellitus is one of the diseases that cause the most deaths in the world, according to the International Diabetes Federation. MOL is a proposal that makes this disease easier to treat and allows patients to lead a more normal, comfortable life.
MOL is a bracelet that provides a non-invasive method of monitoring and administering insulin. The device constantly monitors the level of glucose in the patient’s blood by emitting a type of radiation that passes through the various layers of skin to reach the blood stream, collect information and transmit it back to the bracelet.
MOL is also able to administer insulin to the patient via a patch. The device emits low-frequency ultrasound to open the pores on the skin, making it more permeable and allowing the insulin molecules to flow through it into the blood stream. The amount administered is regulated by a processor that is pre-programmed with the doctor’s instructions.

“The miniaturization and portability of objects is a trend nowadays, but in some specific cases it resolves a real need. In this project the young designers have achieved a practical solution for diabetes therapy that contributes to patients’ quality of life. MOL resolves both a medical need, for a non-invasive treatment, and a psychological one, for the patient not to feel affected in day-to-day life. By using new technologies they have achieved a design that is both functional and aesthetic. It is not a nuisance for the patient and administering the treatment is made easier and more comfortable.” Braun Prize Jury

Design: Ian Ortega, Ana Laura San Román, Gabriela Emery
Year: 2007
Awards: Braun Prize Finalist, Mexico 2007
Dimensions: 6 H x 3.5 W x 5.5 D cm.