I think it’s
no secret that most of us use the backlights on our D-gear to find the bathroom
at night, but so far as I know, the Snap is the first diabetes Swiss Army knife
to come equipped with a genuine flashlight.
A bright LED
bulb is built into the controller, and is powered from the AAA battery that’s
said to live inside the disposable body. If you turn on the flashlight from the
main menu, it stays on for 15 seconds. How
far from your bedroom is your bathroom? Of course you can turn the light on
as many times as you want to, the down side being too much flashlight use eats
up the battery.
that be the same battery that delivers the insulin?
No fear. Well, no fear, according to Asante. They say
that the Snap system is designed so that if you gobble up too much juice illuminating
your world, the flashlight will be disabled, still leaving enough juice to finish
up the whole keep-you-alive-by-delivering-insulin thing. Hmmmmm….
also comes on automatically during the body/site change operations to help you
look for the drops of insulin at the end of the tubing. Nice feature.
useful is the flashlight in the real world? Personally, in the dead of the
night, I find it too bright, or at least brighter than I need to navigate piles
of dirty laundry, toys, cats, and other barriers to bare feet between bed and
bath for nocturnal pit stops. I just use the Snap’s backlight for this
nighttime navigation, like I’ve done with all my other pumps, and it works just
fine. By the way, t:slim is just barely
bright enough for this operation, so Snap trumps t:slim in this regard, too.
the other hand, I do find the built-in flashlight useful as a beacon to help
locate dropped test strips at 3am. I don’t know about you, but for me the pump
or CGM backlight—while fine for avoiding large objects, furniture, or walls—is
not cut out for finding dropped strips. It probably doesn’t help that I’m using
VerioIQ strips, which are gold, and have tan carpet, which turns out to be the prefect
Verio camouflage. And while I haven’t personally used it in this way, I suspect
it would be handy for lighting up keyholes on doors late and night, illuminating
the menu in dim bistros, finding the frickin’ candles in a blackout, checking
on the baby, or locating the whiskey bottle in the tent when camping. Basically
any operation you’d use a small flashlight for.
with more interesting lives than mine could also use it to swap phone numbers in
dark night clubs, locate drug dealers in dark alleyways, or to unwrap condoms.
Yes, Asante is certainly lighting the way for us.
Tomorrow: A post-modem on a dead body