The Nintendo DS was released in 2004, and it boasted the unique creativity Nintendo has become renowned for. As with older Nintendo handhelds, that unique creativity was also seen in some of the system’s enormous range of add-ons and accessories. One such example was the Bayer DIDGET. The device was touted as “the first and only blood glucose meter for children with Type 1 diabetes that connects directly to Nintendo DS and Nintendo DS Lite.”
The accessory came to be after Bayer Diabetes Care found 57% of parents surveyed said children had more success in developing a monitoring routine for themselves if the process was made more enjoyable. The oblong-shaped system boasted a plain, white, rather clinical design, and plugged into the Nintendo DS via a port at the bottom. Despite its association with the system, it was not a toy. How did Bayer’s DIDGET fare at helping Nintendo DS users to learn about and control their glucose levels?