The GlucoRx Nexus Voice is a talking blood glucose meter that can help people with visual impairments, such as retinopathy, which may make it hard to read meter results.
The talking function guides the user through a test and can read out results from the meter’s test memory.
The meter has just one main button making it simple to use for the basic tasks.
The Nexus Voice meets the 2013 ISO standards for blood glucose meter accuracy.
The main features of the The GlucoRx Nexus Voice are:
- Spoken guide to testing and spoken results
- Test strip eject button
- Allows for alternate site testing
- Before and after meal markers can be set
- Ketone warning if results are 15 mmol/l or above
- PC link allows results to be uploaded to a computer
The talking function of the GlucoRx Nexus Voice talks you through taking a blood test. When you put a test strip in the meter, it switches on and sounds a short tune as it does so. It then tells you when the test strip is ready to take blood. The meter will also tell you what type of reading you have selected if you choose to add a before or after meal marker to the test.
When blood is applied to the test strip, the meter will say “now testing” whilst a result is pending, followed by reading out the result.
The talking function also applies when using the meter’s memory. The device will read out the date, time, result and any meal markers that were assigned to the test. The meter’s averages include spoken average results as well.
The disadvantage of the averages is that it requires you to press and hold the M button when the relatively small ‘M’ icon is flashing on the meter, something that people who are visually impaired may find difficult to see.
One main button
The GlucoRx Nexus Voice has just one main button to navigate with. Depending on your viewpoint this may either be an advantage or a disadvantage.
For basic tasks, having just one button helps to simplify matters. For those that are visually impaired, knowing that you only need to be pressing a single button can be reassuring.
The downside is that you can only scroll forwards through results and cannot scroll back. It also means you can only go forward through numbers when changing other settings, such as the date, time or alarms.
GlucoRx Nexus Voice technical information
- Blood sample size: 0.5 microlitre
- Time for results: 5 seconds
- Measurement range: 1.1 – 33.3mmol/L
- Memory: 450 results
- Averages: 7, 14, 21, 28, 60 and 90 day
- Batteries: Two 1.5V AAA alkaline batteries
- Dimensions: 95 x 52 x 20 mm
- Weight: 49g
- Temperature: 10° to 40°C
- Humidity: Below 85% relative humidity, non-condensing
- Temperature: -20° to 60°C
- Humidity: Below 95% relative humidity