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April 20, 2016 AT 12:03 pm

Homemade Artificial Pancreas System for Type 1 Diabetes uses #RaspberryPi @onlyhuman @WNYC

This is a great story from our friends at WNYC’s Only Human Podcast about a couple in Seattle who have embarked on open-sourcing their design for an Automatic Pancreas System (APS), even bucking recommendations from the FDA to not share their code. The podcast is 30+ minutes and they don’t really go into the technology, but on the WNYC website you can see there is an Intel Edison and Raspberry Pi among a slew of devices alongside the caption, “Some of Lewis’s artificial pancreas devices.”

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Over at the OpenAPS website the Raspberry Pi is given a direct shout-out, and STL files hosted at GitHub show the project has gone through multiples stages of iterating cases within which to contain all the devices, to the point where the latest case design (v3.2) is able to slip into any pocket:

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00 v1 parts

05 v1 opened up

V3.2 in hand

V3.2 fits in jeans pocket

Very rad.

At the end of the podcast they report that nearly 50 people have gotten in touch with the makers of OpenAPS and are comfortably living their lives with the aid of open-source code and technology.

And I completely adore the young child at the end of the podcast, who, finally empowered with the technology to make her days a little bit better – thank you open-source! – says about the OpenAPS, “you can’t buy them you have to make them.”

She gets it!

Listen to the charming story, ‘The Robot Vacuum Ate My Pancreas‘ from Only Human.

Find out more about OpenAPS at their website.


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1 Comment

  1. FWIW, it was Andrew who said “you can’t buy them, you have to make them.”

    Thanks for all the equipment, we’ve enjoyed many parts from this site. I often recommend it for the goodfet.

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