After injecting herself for many years, Floeh switched to a pump that delivers a steady supply of insulin through a tiny plastic tube. Although she was able to better manage her health, it was clumsy to wear and clumsier still to explain away in social situations. For her master’s thesis at Parsons The New School for Design, Floeh explored the sociopsychological impact of wearable diabetes technologies. With the help of a group of New York women with diabetes, she turned her findings into Hanky Pancreas, a series of products that present a new way of interacting with lifesaving devices.

Instead of looking like a pager hooked onto a belt, the pump becomes a conversation-starter to flaunt.

To use one of the “hankies,” simply insert the pump or monitor into a small, shock-resistant Velcro pouch. You’re then free to add a slew of interchangeable flowers, bows, and other fabric accessories to complement your outfit. Each hankie can be worn as a clip, a scarf, or in the bosom of your shirt. Instead of looking like a pager hooked onto a belt or bulging from your pocket, the device becomes a conversation-starter to flaunt. And, if the spirit moves you, a way to talk to people about diabetes and diabetes prevention.

Hanky Pancreas’s growing collection starts at $7 for a little “Hanky Hoop” and tops off at $40 for an oversize floral pendant with a secret pocket flap. New products are added regularly to the Hanky Pancreas shop.

+ Hanky Pancreas

[Via Fashioning Technology]