This blog is an announcement on the serie of blogs and YouTube videos I am working on for the last few weeks: “Our roadmap: from insulin pens to a DIY artificial pancreas system” (DIY APS). In the series we share our experience build in nearly three years. In this way, people who don’t want to use the complete DIY APS solution (yet), are also able to improve. This blog is translated automatically to your language here.
First the disclaimer
I am not a healthcare professional. Always consult your doctor before making changes to your diabetes treatment plan. For this blog series, I do not have – and do not want – any sponsorship deals or whatsoever and pay for all equipment just like anybody else.
Table of contents
The blog-specific parts:
And the general parts:
To take you on our journey first I wrote down the parts of the roadmap to share with you. Then I ordered all technical parts, installed and tested software for screen captures and webcam recordings (OBS Studio), bought and tested video editor Wondershare Filmora9, tested screen recording on my mobile phone (Android screen recorder) and I managed to use a software-based green screen to only view my face on YouTube when needed.
For fun and out of curiosity I bought a YouTube-intro-video design on Fiverr, done some video editing, learned how to created a YouTube channel, added Dutch translation and uploaded the first video. It’s online!
The idea of the diabetic patient as a crisis manager is outdated. Using a ‘Do It Yourself Artificial Pancreas System’ (DIY APS) you have less to worry about and can achieve a higher quality of life for yourself and your caregivers. When configured properly, the diabetic person may have a healthy HBA1C value. You can start today!
Our blog series is called ‘our journey: from pen therapy to AndroidAPS, a DIY APS’. This T1D series aims to inform the world on current technical possibilities to bring down the effort on (daily) diabetes management activities and be healthier long term.
Follow this blog series to see how you can make a step-by-step shift from pen therapy to a ‘Do It Yourself Artificial Pancreas System’ (DIY APS). A similar project for Apple smartphones is called Loop project. Welcome to the future.
All DIY APS possibilities are developed by the diabetes community since 2013. Most effort in the online DIY APS community is done by volunteers through a pay-it-forward mechanism. Each participant/volunteer has severe perseverance and the will to contribute to the community in their own field of knowledge. Please feel free to contact me on whatever question you may have and request a membership in Facebook groups AndroidAPSUsers / TheLoopedGroup / xDrip. Happy to help!
I am Peter, a millennial born in 1984, living in The Netherlands and hope someone will find a cure for type 1 diabetes (T1D) fast. Since my girlfriend was diagnosed as T1D both of our lives rapidly have changed. I became involved as a volunteer on the AndroidAPS project. I commit my IT Service Delivery Management passion to a more comfortable and healthier diabetes-life because of all automation possible since 2013. As a professional, I feel comfortable to deliver value, overseeing all components while managing staff and costs.