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Andrew Bartlett hopes his device will take the stigma out of glucose testing in public.

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- A London-based design student has created a glucose-monitoring device that he hopes will make life easier for diabetics.

Diabetics are required to test their blood sugar levels four times a day to ensure their blood contains safe levels of glucose.

To be able to conduct regular tests, they need to carry a needle (lancet) to draw blood a test strip and a blood glucose monitor. They also need to wash their hands before testing to ensure an uncontaminated sample.

The new device, designed by diabetic Andrew Bartlett, is easy-to-use and contains all of the equipment in one place.

The Brunel University graduate said he hoped it would make testing in public places easier and more discreet for diabetics.

"It is embarrassing to take a lot of medical equipment out of your bag in public as it marks you out as being different."

Called "In1," Bartlett's device is the size of a computer mouse and is the shape of a pebble.

Bartlett said the device had been deliberately designed to look less like traditional medical equipment and more like a consumer gadget -- "so it would fit into someone's backpack or bag and not draw attention to itself."

It includes a rollerball soap, which allows users to sterilize a small area of their skin, so they can take a test without having to find facilities in which to wash their hands.

"I wanted In1 to be easy to use so that testing would be quicker and simpler," he said.

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