GNSentry, il lettore per FreeStyle Libre che non ti aspetti

Era nell’aria da tempo, complice la necessità di avere un Libre con letture continue e allarmi, e un dispositivo piccolo, leggero e facilmente portabile senza dover fare acrobazie e usare particolari accorgimenti per evitare distacchi, disconnessioni e configurazioni complesse.

Se Blucon e MiaoMiao giungevano da noi dopo un lungo viaggio intercontinentale, GNSentry è stato prodotto in Spagna, precisamente a Valencia, ed è acquistabile da qui per ora ad un prezzo di lancio. Insomma un lettore latino, pulsante e caldo, che dietro ha una storia di amicizia e impegno. Il progetto, messo a punto dopo un lavoro lungo e prove durate tre anni, è nato per aiutare un amico con una figlia affetta da diabete di Tipo 1. Tre amici, esperti nel campo dell’informatica, hanno provato e riprovato senza sosta, hanno cercato con tenacia la migliore soluzione per dotare Libre con allarmi e letture continue. Le versioni del “braccialetto” e della sua app sono cambiate nel tempo, per arrivare a quello che oggi sembra un leggero nido per far dormire Libre e genitori.

Confezione

Il lettore, spedito a DeeBee dal produttore per i test, arriva in fretta, in una scatola munita di sigillo. Buon segno!

Contenuto

Oltre al lettore, nella scatola troviamo un cavetto micro USB (ebbene sì, si ricarica mediante la classica presa), una graffetta per resettare, simile a quelle usate per togliere la SIM dagli smartphone, le istruzioni d’uso e tre fasce di diverse misure dotate di velcro.

Non servono adesivi (che sono a rischio di allergie), né gusci, tantomeno fasce aggiuntive. Il lettore ospita il sensore Libre al suo interno, riparandolo anche da urti e strappi. Ha un foro per il reset che serve almeno la prima volta dopo averlo caricato, pronto per metterlo in funzione.

Peso e dimensioni

Se a prima vista sembra più grande dei suoi predecessori, Blucon e MiaoMiao, messo a confronto, risulta essere non solo meno ingombrante, ma una soluzione molto più facile da portare, almeno sul braccio.

MiaoMiao con Kiwi e GNSentry a confronto

Ormai la leggerezza si gioca sui grammi.

Impermeabilità

Il dispositivo, con un bel nome complicato, ma da noi già battezzato “el gato“, sembrava sensibile all’acqua visto il normalissimo lo slot di ricarica.

Invece, oltre alla certificazione CE, ha anche quella IP67. Quindi  resistente all’acqua dolce a 1 metro di profondità per 30 minuti.

Compatibilità

L’app messa a punto dal team spagnolo è compatibile con quasi tutti i cellulari Android e iOS. Per ora, come d’altronde tutti i suoi concorrenti, il lettore dialoga con FreeStyle Libre, in attesa di decriptare Libre 2, per ora disponibile solo per alcuni pazienti in Germania.

Dopo averlo caricato cominciamo a provarlo, per ora solo ed esclusivamente con la sua app.

Non resta che darci appuntamento al prossimo articolo, con i primi test sul campo…

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Spike, the App you should try!

Recently a new wind is blowing in the diabetes’ apps panorama. This time it comes from Portugal. The creator is Miguel Kennedy. We met him in order to introduce him to you:

Thank you very much for giving me this interview. I am very curious to know something about you. Can you tell us for example what kind of studies you have done and where your passion for information technology comes from?

My pleasure! Thank you for having me!

I’ve always liked science (mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc.) since I was little. I got my first computer when I was 16 and since then I felt in love for code. When I was 18 I studied Computer Science and Engineering at Instituto Superior Técnico in Lisbon, then worked as a computer programmer for a few years and also as a teacher. Later in life I switched careers and got into nutrition and sports. I missed my programming days so I decided do create Spike as a comeback. Being able to contribute to the diabetic community and impact people’s lives in a positive way fills me with joy and happiness.

Is there a particular reason that brought you to adopt technology to manage diabetes disease?

It came very natural to me. I’ve always used technology for everything I do in life. Adopting a more technological approach to diabetes management was the only logical step for me. I was diagnosed only 2 years ago so I already had a broad technological background to apply to my management.

How was the now very popular app ‘Spike’ born? This app is a big success and is beloved by many people!

The response has been overwhelming and unexpected. Spike is still a baby project that was released to the public only 3 weeks ago. More than 2000 people in 72 countries already use it.

Spike was born thanks to Johan Degraeve. Johan started a project called iOSxDripReader one and half years ago. He did an amazing job porting some core xDrip features to iOS. Around 6 months ago I joined Johan and started contributing to iOSxDripReader development. At that time, I also started developing a new UI for the app. While I worked on the UI I started changing a lot of iOSxDripReader’s code and adding new features. As time went by I decided to release it as a different app, with a different name and set of features and more targeted to the general public.

After Spike was released I invited Johan to join me and help me develop it even further. I’m very grateful to have him as my partner in Spike. His talent and generosity towards the diabetic community are an essential part of Spike’s success.

Which is the difference between Spike and other similar apps?

Spike is an app developed with the #WeAreNotWaiting mindset. It’s made by diabetics for diabetics. Highly integrated with the open source diabetic community, apps and services. Spike is not a medical app and that gives us more freedom to develop features that are yet no available to the general public. There are too many features in Spike to list so I invite everyone to visit spike-app.com to learn more about the app and request an invite to try it for themselves.

How long have you been working on this project? My impression is that you are now operating 24 hours a day, aren’t you?

Spike has been in development for about 5-6 intense months. It might not seem much but that’s because it was built from iOSxDripReader. So I would say that total development time to make Spike a reality is around 2 years.

I do have a day job but I’m fortunate to manage my own business. I was able to take some time from my regular job to focus on Spike in its first month of release so I could make it as stable as possible and give support to new users. Now that Spike is used by a lot of people, most users are able to support each other which gives me and Johan more time to focus on development.

How many people are working with you?

Right now Spike is developed by Johan Degraeve and I.

Can you tell me something about the cooperation with the x-drip team? I am asking because I was hoping that it could happen one day, even if it seemed almost ‘science fiction’. But it occurred and in a full spirit of cooperation and solidarity.

xDrip is a big part of Spike. The algorithm that Spike uses to calibrate blood glucose readings and connect to different brands of transmitters was initially developed by the xDrip team and later ported to iOS by Johan. We are all friends and talk to each other on a regular basis. That allows us to share information and discuss strategies on how to bring more advanced features to the public. There’s a great spirit of cooperation between developers in the diabetic community. Everyone is always available to help when needed. Our cooperation is focused on finding solutions for common development problems, but each team is responsible for developing its own set of features for its own app.

Will it be possible to synchronize all data (database, settings, glucose levels) with a personal Cloud? So that, if you lose the mobile phone, you can keep using the app logging in with user name and password without having to wait two hours for the calibration and without losing chronology.

Yes! We are currently working on this feature (and many others!). It’s quite a challenge to develop such a feature, especially since we want people to be able to sync settings and data between Spike and xDrip, but development has already began and we are confident that soon we will be able to bring it to our users.

Are you thinking about creating an Android version that should not be a competitor of x-drip but a follow up of your project? In this way it could be possible to change from Android to Apple technology and without being obliged to change app or abandon Spike world. In other words it could be a kind of retention tool for the two operating systems.

No, it’s not planned. The Android community already has a great app, xDrip. Spike will only be available on the iOS platform but since we are trying to achieve data synchronization between Spike and xDrip, users can switch easily from iOS to Android and vice-versa. This seems to be a better approach for our vision. It will allow users to have all the benefits and each development team can focus on it’s own platform.

 

DeeBee created a portal that exports (with CGM or not) the glucose data from FreeStyle Libre everywhere (to smartphones Android and iOS, PC, Tablet, etc.) without complicated procedures. According to our experience we could see that people are often scared of too much technology. Are you thinking about a project in this sense?

No the same features, no… Spike currently allows users to follow other users if the master uploads data to a Nightscout site and the follower gets data from that same Nightscout site. Spike can also connect to another Spike directly, without Nightscout or an Internet connection, as long as both Spikes are on the same Wi-Fi network. We are planning a new follower mode that will allow Spike followers to follow Spike masters directly (Spike to Spike), without a Nightscout site, even if both users are not connected to the same Wi-Fi network. We are currently researching and testing solutions to make this a reality.

You declared that Spike will always be open source and this honors you. What kind of feedback did you receive from the community of persons with diabetes and parents of children with diabetes?

The feedback has been amazing. I get a lot of emails and messages everyday from users telling me that Spike has been of great help managing their diabetes and a lot of feedback from parents that use Spike on their child’s phones and follow their glucose values on the parent’s phones using Spike follower mode. It’s very rewarding knowing that Spike is impacting people’s lives in such a positive way. It makes it all worth it. Spike is free and will always be free and open source. It was born with the purpose of contributing to the diabetic community and reaching as much people as possible.

Could it be possible you to visit Italy, schedule permitting, and do a speech during a DeeBee meeting? I am waiting for you!

Of course :) That’s something that can be arranged… As long as you allow me to speak in English, Spanish or Portuguese. My Italian is horrible! :)

Thank you for having me. It’s an honor to be on DeeBee Italia.

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Miao Miao: a promising reader for FreeStyle Libre in CGM

A new star shines in the sky of diabetes control devices.

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Thank you!

Close your eyes and think of a white cat. But only by name, because the product that we illustrate to you today is not in any way all sleep and melted, on the contrary.

We mentioned it briefly in our previous article, but now we see more closely this new solution to make Libre a sensor with continuous readings, alarms in case of hyper and hypoglycemia and remote vision. It comes from China and is a further evolution of BluCon, the Californian device that has made so much talk of itself.

Dimensions and weight

The challenge on the scale is all in favour of the newcomer: only 8 grams (0.018 Ib), against the 11 of BluCon (0.024 Ib) battery included.

Unlike other solutions, Miao Miao Miao does not stand on Libre, but simply sits on its side. And this choice allows a much smaller thickness but, above all, leaves the sensor free, without risking detachment or movements that can compromise the readings.

If the BluCon alone has a thickness of 0.39″ (to which you add almost 0.12″ of Libre), Miao Miao Miao measures almost half the size: only 0.30″. The new entry device, although less cumbersome than BluCon, is slightly longer: 1.50″ compared to 1.42″.

Hypermeability

Another advantage of the new born is the water resistance, with an IP67 class. This allows short dives and the possibility of glycemic monitoring even in the case of showers.

Battery

Unlike BluCon, Miao Miao, unlike BluCon, does not need to replace the batteries but requires charging by means of a special magnetic connector: the wallet thanks you. In addition, a skilful design and the use of Bluetooth protocol 4.0, give the device up to 14 days of autonomy that is equivalent to the duration of the Libre.

How to Order Miao Miao

My Miao Miao is orderable here at a cost of 595 yuan, which at today’s rate correspond to about 80 euros but, at present, the site is only available to Chinese users. In case you are an early adopter interested in buying, you could get help with the Google machine translation service (in the official page, however, only Chinese provinces are served). For the time being, the few units issued in Europe – including the one intended for our editorial staff – have been sent by the manufacturer for testing.  Shortly – the company tells us – Miao Miao Miao will also be able to order from Europe.

App

At the time we write, the official app of Miao Miao Miao has already been published, but currently only in Chinese language (the name could be Tomato, if a literal translation is made at the time of international release). In addition, both the “Apple team” of Spike and Android of xDrip are developing the interface to Miao Miao, as you can see also from this first print screen, taken from a device testing the green robot.

Conclusion

If in past years Nightscout has undeniably had the lion’s share of the innovation in unofficial diabetes, in this last year we are witnessing further significant steps forward and, in this panorama, we have the impression that Miao Miao will become a very bright star. Although it is really too early to reach objective conclusions, this Libre reader leaves us with a very good impression. The perceived build quality and the strong team behind the new project make us breathe a more professional air than the rivals. Will it be a true and lasting feeling? The next few weeks and the reactions of early testers including DeeBee. it, as well as the reactions of the first buyers, will give us further answers.

We would like to thank the young Kamil Armacki, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and followed by youtuber on his Diabetic Energetic channel for support and friendship. Thank you Kamil!

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Glimp for Web. From today also shared statistics with diabetes therapist and much more

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Only two weeks have passed since our readers started using Glimp for Web, the latest project by DeeBee. it, the result of careful programming work that allows us to see the FreeStyle Libre sensor’s remote blood glucose in a completely new and extremely easy way. No complicated procedures, but a simple DropBox account and sensor values will be visible from any device.

The many suggestions and the great interest (more than 5000 accesses already made on the portal) have given a new boost to our accelerator. We have added new options and services, useful for both management and data sharing. Obviously, as always, the services are free and extremely simplified, in full DeeBee spirit.

Let’s see in detail what’s new!

Stats

A new button appears in the portal: statistics button. By pressing it, you access the dashboard that provides information about the patient’s blood sugar history.

Summary

The first information is shown on the summary table, which shows the most significant values: average blood glucose, median, percentages that indicate how long we have been in hypoglycemia and hyperglycaemia, standard deviation, and the inevitable glycemia estimated. All this, divided into three columns representing the short, medium and long term.

Distribution

The percentages that, remember, give us a relative representation of the period spent in the target, are then reported visually, through three cakes concerning the last week, the last month and the last quarter.

Percentages

Very useful for correcting both the basal bands (for microinfusions) and the boluses, they follow the three graphs that report the five significant percentiles: the band between 10° and 90° in light colour, the band between 25° and 75° darker and, finally, the demarcation line of the 50th percentile of blue colour. The closer and narrower the bands are, the more homogeneous the blood sugar management is with varying days; the more bands converge towards the blood sugar target, the better the management.

Sharing with diabetes therapist

With the new service, it is possible to share these statistics with your diabetologist: simply provide him with the user and password of his Glimp system (which is based on DropBox, of which we suggest the creation of an ad hoc user). In this case, the statistics will also be available to the doctor at the following address:

www.deebee.it/glimp?mode=stats

Variable range

If your therapy has different ranges, simply access the portal settings and change the hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia thresholds.

International unit of measurement

Given the increasing diffusion of DeeBee. it and Glimp, a final pleasant surprise concerns users from countries where blood glucose values expressed in milligrams per decilitre (mg/dL) are not used, as we do. Also among the settings, it is now possible to change the units of blood glucose measurement in millimoles per litre (mmol/L) which, let’s remember, is the one adopted by the International System and, as such, represents the reference standard worldwide. If mmol/L is selected, the statistics will also be redrawn in the new unit.

Future developments: translation (and the search for translators)

What will the future hold for us? Surely, the ability to view the portal of Glimp for Web also in other languages. We take advantage of this to remind you that on Deebee. it it is already possible to choose the language of view of our articles. To do this, simply choose the language from the side menu “drop-down” in the upper left corner. If you are reading from your smartphone, you can find the “curtain” scrolling towards the bottom.

Are you interested in joining us, helping us in translations? DeeBee. it is constantly looking for volunteers of any nationality who translate articles into their native language.

Please write to us at: info@deebee.it

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The portal for remote viewing of FreeStyle Libre blood glucose

DeeBee.it presents the new free web interface for Glimp, with ease and immediacy.

Until yesterday it was impossible, but from today it is enough to turn on your smartphone or PC, open a protected page on the DeeBee. it website and, without having to be technological wizards, to remotely see the blood sugar data collected by FreeStyle Libre with the Glimp app.

After a long and careful programming phase, after various tests and versions, the blood glucose read by simply scanning with an Android smartphone or in CGM by the FreeStyle Libre sensor, can be consulted on your mobile phone (whether Apple, Android, Windows Mobile…), tablet, PC or Smart TV.

The keyword of the new service created by DeeBee Italia is “simplicity”. With the new Glimp for Web portal it is in fact sufficient to enter the same credentials of your Dropbox account on both the Glimp app and the web portal, to access the blood sugar chart in real time. Everything automatically and without having to set up or configure anything.

With each individual reading of the sensor with a smartphone, the value is automatically transferred to the portal, while for those who use Glimp in CGM, then with the help of GlimBee or BluCon, the values are updated every five minutes on their Glimp in Web. It is also possible to set the threshold of hypo or hyperglycemic alarms and the calibrations performed are visible.
Unlike Nightscout, with Glimp for Web every new interface update will take place automatically, as will the release of new functions. Reports are already planned for the future, such as the percentage of blood sugar ranges, the presumed glycata and the historian, all printable for presentation to your diabetes therapist. The user will not have to take charge of any preliminary work: when the new functions are available, the relevant button will appear directly on Glimp for Web.
For now Glimp for Web is in the beta version and is being improved. To tend, the interface will also show the arrow of the blood sugar tendency, the increase in blood glucose compared to the previous value, the setting of the alarm that sounds after not having received the blood sugar for too long and much more.
As always, in the comments or at our email address info@deebee.it, we await your feedback, suggestions or tips to improve as much as possible our new service designed to make diabetes management even easier.
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