Making regular finger prick tests easier for kids with diabetes was the inspiration for an award winning app created by a team including a Perth web developer.
The Diabetic Buddy app concept won the App Fest 2012 competition, which challenged more than 150 developers to create an app for Windows 8 in just one day as a part of Microsoft's TechEd conference on the Gold Coast this week.
The app uses gamification to encourage children to manage the often-painful process of having multiple finger-prick tests every day, rewarding them for sticking to their schedule.
Software engineer Dimitar Miloseski, from Perth company Satalyst, was on the team of four developers from around Australia who created the app.
"The biggest benefit is what we learnt about the Microsoft platform and we were able to push out this app pretty quickly," he said.
The Windows 8 operating platform is scheduled for general release in late October.
The winning team intend to refine Diabetic Buddy for public release.
The reporter travelled to TechEd as a guest of Microsoft.