A new digital gadget for you hacksters?

The freebie blood glucose monitors that the big pharma co's give away? I think they can afford to give them away because they rake in so much money by selling the refill strips, which work only with the unit they are designed for. I haven't come across any Instructables using these.

I have 3 or 4, lol. They have:
lcd screen
a small speaker (usually)
memory that counts various stastics (# of tests, results, date, time, etc)
sometimes an led or a backlight
sometimes a pc connector (!!) so it can upload data

I'm not very knowledgeable about electronics, other than the most basic stuff, so I didn't know exactly what to look for in the two I took apart.

Here's a couple that are available (copy and paste the url, so it doesn't send a referrer url from here) :


If the OneTouchGold site allows a choice, it's the "Ultra2" model that has a data port.

No, you don't need an Rx, they're not prescription. Anybody can get one....just walk into walmart and take one to the checkout. But Free is better ;-)

I can post some pics of the boards of ones I took apart, if anybody's interested.