How Amazon’s Alexa is Helping Fight Diabetes

The Sugarpod will work with Amazon's Alexa to track your diabetic foot healthThere’s a new product designed to help improve diabetic foot care at home, and it is intended to work with Amazon’s Alexa!

As winner of the Alexa Diabetes Challenge, the Sugarpod (which consists of a scale, a foot scanner, and a mobile interface along with its Amazon Alexa voice functionality) is designed to support type 2 diabetes care plans by integrating engagement and regular screening into a patient’s daily routine.

According to Anne Weiler, CEO and co-founder of Wellpepper (the group behind the Sugarpod), “First thing in the morning, [a user] steps on the scale. It takes her weight and then it also asks if it can take pictures of her feet, and then it puts those through a machine-learning image classifier that looks for problems. It’s basically looking for early indication of diabetic foot ulcers. Diabetic foot ulcers cost the health system $9 billion a year, and people who have them are at greater risk of amputation, hospitalization, and even death.”

I love pretty much everything about this product! Not only does it appeal to my inner-techie, but it also seems like a pretty great way to monitor your diabetes between visits to your wellness team—which should include an endocrinologist, dentist and podiatrist, among others. Congrats to the Wellpepper team—can’t wait to check out this product when it hits the market!
Dr. Andrew Schneider
Dr. Andrew Schneider is a podiatrist and foot surgeon at Tanglewood Foot Specialists in Houston, TX.