“Although it costs NIS 19,000 apiece, there’s already a long waiting list for a digital wristwatch imported from Switzerland that measures blood sugar levels several times a day without needles.
The non-invasive device, unveiled on Tuesday at a press conference by the Israel Diabetes Society and the importer, is due to be marketed here starting September and is made by the Pendragon Medical company of Zurich. The watch, using radiowaves which gauge electrical resistance, detects changes in glucose that influence the electrolyte level in the blood and translates the figures into conventional sugar level values. Called Pendra, the watch also tells the time 24 hours a day.
If the wearer’s sugar level is too high (hyperglycemia) or too low (hypoglycemia), both of which are dangerous conditions, an alarm sounds. “