There is a lengthy discussion of the Solo over on the OmniPod users group: http://tudiabetes.com/group/omnipodusers/forum/topics/finally-compe…
The gist of it is that people are interested but generally skeptical. Reasons include:
- The Solo has no built-in meter, meaning you have to carry 2 devices everywhere - a BIG turnoff for us OmniPod users who are used to the integrated meter.
- The web site and video say nothing about it being waterproof, again a feature that OmniPod users are used to having.
- The multiple-part system (detachable reservoir) is actually a drawback in practice; users want simplicity, but multiple pieces means more complexity. It also drives up manufacturing costs, and the cost is already one of the few criticisms of OmniPod.
- The smaller size is very attractive, but Insulet has already confirmed that a new generation of pods will be 40% smaller and available in 2010. Oh, and they are already far along in integration with CGMS (2 different brands of CGMS, in fact); the Solo would be starting from scratch in that area and it’s probably too small to integrate a sub-cutaneous meter as it is right now.
As is pointed out in the discussion, OmniPod has already stated that they have researched and rejected every option that other pump manufacturers are known to be exploring. Of course they are trying to minimize interest in a competitor, but I also know that development of this kind of technology takes many, many years and they would not have gotten this far without looking at most of these options already.