For the first episode of our Second Season, we introduce US James Dyson Award winner, Thipok “Poom” Cholsaipant and his invention AeroLyze, the world's first breath glucometer for people with prediabetes.
In today’s episode Poom Cholsaipant and Andrea Alexa Smith talk about the thought process for designing Aerolyze, the emphasis on user experience, and the power of the breath as a simple and profound gift we all share. We discuss creating achievable habits of self-care, adaptability in technology with the use of AI, making Aerolyze a sustainable product, creating sustainable lifestyle habits, and the significant reduced waste and costs associated with diabetes products such as shoes, wipes, test strips ---and of course the compound future costs of related disease such as heart, stroke, and glaucoma.
Poom is someone I respect for his absolute genius hands on approach to creating and looking to solutions for a problem that affects millions of Americans and existed in his own family- Type 2 diabetes. Poom’s democratization of design and vision for creating an affordable and accessible product for the people who need it most, including athletes and minority populations, is something we share a deep appreciation for.
Poom is an award-winning industrial designer and a recent graduate of The University of Washington. Poom has designed a variety of lifestyle products including tennis sneakers, lampshades, an AR head set and time management tools.
We laud The James Dyson Foundation, The James Dyson Award, Dyson and Sir James Dyson for the incredible due diligence in selecting and recognizing the potential of these young engineers ground breaking inventions like Poom’s Aerolyze. The James Dyson Foundation is the non-profit arm of Dyson, whose engineers are encouraging and supporting these young and bright design engineers who offer solutions to the problems of tomorrow to gain the confidence and resources to bring their products to life.
For more information on Dyson, The James Dyson Foundation, The James Dyson Award and Poom’s Aerolyze, please click on the links below.
For links to the Aerolyze renderings mentioned in our podcast, please follow the links below.
This GDTT episode comes in time for November's National Diabetes Month.
The CDC states that more than 88 million Americans-more than 1 in 3- have prediabetes and those with it -about 90% of them don’t know they have it.
Prediabetes puts a person at increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke which is an even larger risk group.
Prediabetes has a higher risk in some populations such as those whose had a sister, brother, or parent with Type 2 diabetes.
For more information on diabetes and prediabetes, please visit: