DBlog Week Day 4: The Snapper, Painless Insulin Delivery Device


It’s day 4 of Diabetes Blog Week and today’s assignment is “fantasy diabetes device.”

The Snapper: Painless Insulin Dosing at the Snap of Your Fingers

Snapper insulin PatchForget about needles.  Forget about infusion sets.  Forget about tubing and clunky pumps clipped to your jeans.  Patch pumps are totally 2010.

 It’s now the era of The Snapper, a painless, bloodless, and snazzy way for people with diabetes to dose insulin.  This newly FDA approved device was conceived by Jessica Apple, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2008.  Unable to bear the sight of her own blood, and tremendously afraid of needles, Jessica decided to find a new way to do what her pancreas couldn’t.  Thinking back to the scratch-and-sniff stickers she collected as a child, she realized that a sticker could do far more than just stick.  If it could contain a scent, why could it not contain insulin?


What exactly is The Snapper?

 The Snapper is a round sticker about the size of a nickel.  It adheres to the body with a hypoallergenic glue that is infused with nanoparticles of insulin. 


How does The Snapper work?


  1. Select a color: The Snapper is available in 18 of your favorite colors so that you can coordinate with your outfits.  (We regret that The Snapper is no longer available in red as the FDA received several reports of diabetes patients pasting a commonly consumed fish known as Red Snapper to their arms, expecting it to release insulin.)
  2. Stick The Snapper to your body, anywhere you please.
  3. Ready to eat? Just snap your fingers and The Snapper will release insulin which will be absorbed through your skin.



Will The Snapper release insulin if someone else snaps? 

No.  The Snapper releases insulin only when the person wearing The Snapper snaps.  If you are a parent who would like to snap for your child, you must hold your child’s hand and snap.  At this time remote snapping is not available

 What if I can’t snap?  We offer snapping classes free of charge.  

How does The Snapper know how much insulin to release?  The Snapper understands the importance of communication in a relationship.  It simply asks your blood how much sugar is in it.  Sample conversation:


TS: Yo.  Blood.  Whus up?  Gimme the sugar count.

B:    Snapster!  We’re at 135 and climbing.

TS: Head’s up.  She’s got the cookies.

B: I’m totally feeling that shit.  Send me that good stuff to take the sweet pain away.

TS: You got it.

B: Normalize me, Snapdaddy.

TS: Five units comin at ya.


No more bodily discordance.  The Snapper facilitates harmony within you by encouraging friendly dialogue between your fluids, organs, and tissue.  Your cells will stop attacking each other.  Inflammation caused by furious cells will be reduced when the cells begin to share just what it is that makes them so irate.  No more cellular secrets.  It may be too late for your pancreas, but thanks to The Snapper, that’s where it ends.


What if my blood doesn’t speak English?  The Snapper can be customized to speak any language.




When listening to your favorite music, take care not to snap along.  Should you accidently snap, you can shut off The Snapper by pushing it like a button.  Should you fail to do that, there is still no real worry of hypoglycemia as your blood will shout to The Snapper, “Hey Dumbass, we’re at 60 in here.  Stop the flow.”


Please remove The Snapper before dancing Flamenco.


Note: This not a real device.  This post is intended as a joke.  I cannot provide you with The Snapper or any other medical device.



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11 years ago

ONE IN PINK FOR ME – please!!!! What a lovely idea… hope it will come true one day.

Scott E
11 years ago

I’m thinking of doubling up on Snappers… you know, one on each arm, in case one of them goes bad (as traditional infusion sets are known to do).  Will this work, or will snapping the fingers on my left hand also cause my right-arm Snapper to deliver insulin, resulting in an overdose?

11 years ago


Laura Houston
11 years ago

I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

11 years ago

Awesome, i want one.

11 years ago

Thanks, all, for laughing with me!

@Pearlsa Canada will approve it any day now, I’m sure!

11 years ago

I want a snap, when will Health Canada approve it? :-)

11 years ago

SNAPPING CLASSES. loved everything about this! :)

Kim Vlasnik
11 years ago

LOL! I love this idea! Now how do we make it happen?

11 years ago

@Nicole:  Thanks!!!  Yes, thought of the CWD’s.  That’s why I’m working on The Remote Snapper.  You’ll be able to bolus for them while they’re at school!  

@Sysy… I should have included an order form in the post! 

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