More contest entries worth featuring... these ideas stood out as incredibly creative. So creative, in fact, that the judges struggled with rating them, either due to uncertainty whether they'd be implementable any time in the foreseeable future, or the fact that the target audience may be a small slice of the D-world. Still, as we noted, lots of great ideas from some very visionary people:
Diabetic Data Cloud
- the notion that our digital diabetes records need to be interoperable -
- featuring a "secret formula" for calculating your exact insulin needs -
Game Equals Life
- battle it out with dragons, etc., but only if your diabetes is under control -
Color Changing Pacifier
- the (unobtainable?*) Holy Grail for parents of young children with diabetes -
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We've seen some dull diabetes apps over the years, to be sure. They make an effort, but most don't manage to keep us patients engaged, so we simply stop fussing with them. Maybe the pop culture phraseology should be tweaked to say, "There's an app...
I've never been a fan of strangers trying to tell me what they think is best for my health without knowing anything about me (although that's been happening most of my life, since being diagnosed with type 1 as a kindergartner!). That's probably ...
If you pay attention to diabetes news at all, you're surely hearing the term 'Artificial Pancreas' (or 'closed loop system' or 'bionic pancreas') a lot these days. And if you live with diabetes yourself, well-meaning family and friends may even b...
The promise of implantable diabetes devices is of course less fuss, more automated glucose control. But like so many big "breakthrough" promises in diabetes, this one has stalled and stumbled, and still appears to be rather far from becoming a rea...
the color changing pacifier is a brilliant concept - if only we can figure out how to do it. If my dog can tell when I'm having low blood sugar, there should be a way, non-invasively to figure it out.great ideas Wow - what a great contest you ran
I'm a fan of the Diabetes Digital Cloud!!!
Just a heads up - that tool for calculating insulin dosages that we developed is now out of prototype and up and running!
I love the idea of a color changing pacifier, what a fantastic idea! Thanks for the post!
The "diabetes digital cloud" isn't really creative, but it is by far the most important concept I've seen so far from this year's contest. It's really not very complicated either, relative to most of the other products that would require physical product development, FDA approval, etc. I simply want to easily export my data from my BG monitor into an open database on my computer. Even a spreadsheet would be fine. As suggested in the demo, a web site would be fine. From there my data would be available for any manipulation or visualization. Maybe I need to reformat my data so that my doctor can process it more easily? Maybe I want to build something in Google Charts to look at my BG levels from many different angles. I can't do either of those things with any of the existing software I've tried. Animas has probably the best solution I've seen, but its still not open. All we need is an export button and we'd be in business...
The cloud would work great with your winner, the iPhone glucose sensor. It frees data from the meter and makes it easily available to patients, parents, and health care professionals. I would like to see what a data visualization expert would do with this data. An open API would allow innovation in data display, charts, graphs (think Charmr) that we are not seeing from the meter companies. I hope they are listening!