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  1. David
    David November 7, 2013 at 7:26 am | | Reply

    Very cool to see “garage” engineers modifying existing hardware and software to share data. It vindicates my thinking that diabetes tech companies can and should do more. I guess the challenge is to figure out a profit stream and procure FDA approvals.

    1. Allison
      Allison November 7, 2013 at 8:25 am | | Reply

      Exactly… and who will pay for this stuff? If insurance companies won’t, maybe protective parents and people who have a lot of cash will, but otherwise it won’t make a ton of money, unfortunately, I think.

      I have put off getting a CGM because I was in school for so long and didn’t want to burden my parents with paying for another medical thing for me. Finally I have an awesome job with fantastic insurance that pays for all of my diabetes equipment/supplies, so I am getting a CGM. I surely wouldn’t have paid for it out of my own poor grad student pocket… or even now, as I pay off $50k worth of loans from getting my doctorate…

  2. jack
    jack November 7, 2013 at 7:43 am | | Reply

    are these watches avilable in canada

  3. Michelle
    Michelle November 7, 2013 at 7:46 am | | Reply

    With the millions of dollars pouring into research with the highest tech, each of us should question what is really being done with funding.

  4. David Cintron
    David Cintron November 7, 2013 at 9:01 am | | Reply

    This is the future. I would pay so much money to have my Dexcom data up in the cloud and available on my smartphone or a watch like the Pebble. John should Kikckstarter that hotness and I’ll be the first backer. Screw the FDA, we can roll our own access to our own D-data.

    1. Patty Wagner
      Patty Wagner November 7, 2013 at 10:03 am | | Reply

      +1 David. I”ll be the second backer!

    2. Gary
      Gary November 7, 2013 at 10:53 am | | Reply

      I’d be all over Dexcom to Pebble integration!!!

    3. Natalie Hodge MD
      Natalie Hodge MD January 6, 2014 at 8:08 am | | Reply

      David take a look at this we are doing something similiar, although data is just on your phone rather than a ( fourth, if you have a pod and a dex and a phone) device

      Don, would like to get you involved, contract, founder, or otherwise, we are recruiting talented coders as yourself!

      Dr Hodge

      1. Don Browne
        Don Browne March 6, 2014 at 3:20 pm | | Reply

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  5. Terry Keelan
    Terry Keelan November 7, 2013 at 10:29 am | | Reply

    It’s inspiring to see what’s possible and makes one wonder why the big boys are not exploring these monitoring solutions.

    Covered by insurance or not, I’d pay out of pocket for a watch to display my data.

  6. Timothy Hayes
    Timothy Hayes November 7, 2013 at 10:34 am | | Reply

    The Diabetes Sentry works on every patient that exhibits one or both of the two hallmark symptoms of hypoglycemia, increase in perspiration and decreased skin temperature — which trigger the alarm. Unfortunately, the hypoglycemia unawares patient is not symptomatic and therefore does NOT benefit from this device. There is a protocol in Dr. Richard Bernstein’s book “Diabetes Solutions” that returns the symptoms. This protocol is sometimes temporary but can be repeated.

    The Diabetes Sentry is very helpful also to those patients using CGM systems to provide additional support in the self-management of their diabetes.

    Private insurance does cover the device with prior authorization. The web site has a letter of medical necessity to be completed by the physician along with his prescription, an invoice from the company with the billing codes, and a conversation with the case manager usually results in reimbursement.

  7. David
    David November 7, 2013 at 11:51 am | | Reply

    In theory we may someday bypass insurance coverage and FDA approval issues and buy a smartwatch and download an app to display our pump and CGM info. Or enjoy a similar sharing of data in the Cloud if CellNovo integrates with CGM.

  8. Libby
    Libby November 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm | | Reply

    Hi Mike – To your point about testing glucose “non-invasively, without having to even prick our skin,” you should check out incredible developments in saliva glucose testing – the iQuickIt Saliva Analyzer. The company has developed a painless, non-invasive method to test glucose using saliva based on proven and accepted scientific research on the efficacy of testing glucose with saliva.

  9. Thomas
    Thomas November 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm | | Reply


    I really liked the article – thanks for writing about it. For the D-Data ExChange next week, will there be any company engineers available as well and are they willing to talk to the ‘community hackers’? Please do keep us posted about the outcomes next week. I wish I could be there ;)

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  11. Brad Hinesley
    Brad Hinesley November 7, 2013 at 5:20 pm | | Reply

    I want a cross of my Fitbit and my Contour Next USB. Why not?

  12. Sandi
    Sandi November 7, 2013 at 6:57 pm | | Reply

    I want one to monitor my daughter’s Dex data! I would pay an immense amount of money to buy this.

  13. Denise
    Denise November 8, 2013 at 7:03 am | | Reply

    I want this technology for my 2 diabetic kids. I would pay a lot of money to have this technology. I will be attending the technology summit.

  14. John Costik
    John Costik November 8, 2013 at 9:37 am | | Reply

    Hopefully we can make these devices and systems available quickly and at little expense to the people that need them. Nothing is simple, but I am actively investigating options that will allow others to benefit.

    I’m very excited about the ExChange and Innovation Summit, I’ll continue to tweet about our T1D life if you’d like to know more. (@jcostik)

    Thanks everyone!

  15. Type 1 Electrical Engineering Student
    Type 1 Electrical Engineering Student November 9, 2013 at 12:35 pm | | Reply

    1. While these watches are “cool” and may be a lifesaver for certain people with CWD, the watches themselves are only as reliable as the CGM.

    The Dexcom may be more accurate than other glucose sensors, but I have found the system to be unreliable due to hydration issues from digestive problems I experience due to a rare form of autonomic failure that is not diabetes-related. So far, the Navigator has only been reliable for me of all of the sensors I have tried (7+, G4, SofSensor, Navigator).

    2. If you have any sort of autonomic problems (diabetes-related or not), the Diabetes Sentry could be unreliable, as vaguely mentioned on the FAQ of the Diabetes Sentry website.


    How low do my blood sugars have to go before the Diabetes Sentry® alarm sounds?

    This will vary from person to person, since every person begins to exhibit symptoms of hypoglycemia at different blood sugar levels. For some people 70mg/dl will cause symptoms to occur, while others may need to drop to 30mg/dl or below before they exhibit symptoms. You will need to monitor blood sugar levels after several alarms are triggered, and attributed to symptoms of hypoglycemia. This will give you an indicator as to what level your body begins to exhibit these symptoms.

    ***Some people have “Hypoglycemia unawareness” and may not exhibit symptoms at all, or until their blood sugar levels are extremely low. These people should talk with their diabetes specialist about how to get their symptoms back before starting on the Diabetes Sentry® monitoring program.

    Will the Diabetes Sentry® alarm sound for reasons other than Hypoglycemia?

    Yes. These are called “false positives” and occur whenever perspiration is present or a drop in temperature occurs. This may happen for various reasons, such as when you are dreaming, sick, on medication or the room is too hot. It is not uncommon for some people to experience one false positive per night but these can oftentimes be reduced over time by determining what is causing the perspiration (perhaps bedroom is too hot), or drop in temperature (strap may be too loose, open window etc.) and working to eliminate these causes. We at Diabetes Sentry Products Inc. are more than happy to work with all customers to try and reduce the number of false alarms.

    The Diabetes Sentry® is designed for those diabetics who have a severe enough problem with nocturnal hypoglycemia that they are willing to accept “false positives” as part of the Diabetes Sentry® monitoring program. It is imperative that the potential purchaser of the monitor completely understand the “false positive” potential and if it is not acceptable, the Diabetes Sentry® monitoring program will not be suitable, as “false positives” are the key to understanding and accepting the Diabetes Sentry® as a tool.


  16. Kate
    Kate November 11, 2013 at 8:19 am | | Reply

    This post was motivation for me to get a friend to help me start hacking my devices – and then he sent me this link, which makes me think Dexcom data on my phone is coming sooner than I thought:

    Skip to 4:15 to see Gen5 Dexcom displaying on an Android.

    Also, &

    The development work seems to be complete.

  17. Erin
    Erin November 22, 2013 at 10:54 am | | Reply

    Just read this article about a new watch — the Magellan Echo. Sounds like all it needs is an app builder!

    “What’s further significant about the Magellan Echo is that acts as a blank slate for applications to draw on. This means that apps like Strava can leverage it and in effect create their own devices without the manufacturing costs of creating their own devices.”

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