Measuring Less to Feel More

Tools are supposed to help us. And yet, as Mickael Boulay discovered, that is not always the case. Field research revealed that the instrument patients with type-two diabetes use to measure blood sugar levels adds stress. Stress releases more sugar into the bloodstream, creating a vicious circle. ‘There is too much focus on precise numbers instead of on meaning,’ Boulay says. His new device, Measuring More to Feel Less, is more intuitive, subtle and visual. Instead of displaying numerical values, the position of an LED light reveals simply whether the blood sugar level is high, low or balanced.

Mickael Boulay

Photo by René van der Hulst