Glooko connects Walmart meters to iOS devices now, too

By Brian Dolan

Glooko IR AdapterPalo Alto, California-based Glooko, which offers an app and a cable that connects various blood glucose meters to the iPhone, announced an updated version of the Glooko Logbook app and support for an additional six blood glucose meters. The Glooko meter can now connect 17 different meters to iOS devices with its $40 Glooko MeterSync Cable.

The newly supported meters include two new meters from Walmart: the ReliOn Confirm and ReliOn Prime. Walmart just launched the meters this past July. The stores sell the low-cost ReliOn Prime meter for $16.24 and $9 for 50-ct strips, which is about 18 cents per test. The other four meters are Bayer's Contour Next EZ, Bayer's Contour XT, Arkray Glucocard 01, and Arkray Glucocard Vital.

“By adding compatibility for meters from Arkray and ReliOn and additional meters from Bayer, we continue to pursue our goal to provide a meter agnostic logbook solution for anyone with an iOS device,” Yogen Dalal, Chairman of Glooko, said in a statement.

In June Glooko announced that it had launched in Europe and also told MobiHealthNews that it was mulling a transition to Bluetooth Smart since the newest iOS devices are no longer using the 30 pin connector dock that Glooko's cable leverages to connect to meters. Glooko said that future versions of the Meter Sync cable would still plug into meters but instead of plugging into the iPhone’s 30-pin connector, they might use Bluetooth Smart instead. The company is also said the company is looking at the method that mobile payments company Square uses to connect to smartphones — through the phone’s headphone jack.

“There is still a certain amount of interconnect anxiety going around in the industry with the much rumored changes to the iPhone’s connector,” Dalal told MobiHealthNews in June. “Apple has been encouraging accessory vendors to come in through a wireless connection unless you have to come in through their new 19-pin connector.”

In January Glooko raised $3.5 million in its first round of funding, which was led by The Social+Capital Partnership, and included return backers Bill Campbell, Vint Cerf, Judy Estrin and Andy Hertzfeld, Venky Harinarayan, Russell Hirsch and Xtreme Labs.