I recently got to “play” with the new PDM and the pod during a visit to Insulet.
The PDM is about the same size as the current one. To me the biggest change, aside from the color screen, was that the PDM will now take meal bolus in to account with insulin on board. Currently, only a correction bolus is counted for insulin on board. For example, utilizing a glucose target of 100 mg/dl and a 30 g CHO meal with a 1:10 ratio and a blood sugar of 100 mg/dl, the insulin on board, even minutes after the bolus would be ZERO! After using Animas and MM, that was something I really had to take into account when calculating a bolus. The color screen is nice, but I would describe it more like a Palm pilot screen than the Animas 2020 or Ping. The carbohydrate database is still useless. The PDM is apparently more durable; I cracked a screen and ruined another one by getting it slightly wet (that was annoying). The new PDM will still use the original Freestyle test strips (vs. the Freestyle Lite with no coding), but this is probably a good thing for Abbott Navigator users, who also use the old Freestyle strips. Still no “strip light,” this is my favorite feature of the Freestyle Lite.
I would be careful about quoting dates for release of either the new PDM or redesigned pod. I don’t believe that it has yet been approved by the FDA and all bets are off until you actually get that. I have seen many drugs or devices ready to be released and get pulled at the last minute (Rimonabant, Ruboxistaurin, Galvus, Muraglitazar, etc, etc, etc). The software upgrade will probably be delayed until the Pod is integrated with the Navigator - they will eventually utilize the Co-Pilot software, which is pretty nice.