About #DIYPS

#DIYPS was created in the fall of 2013 by Dana Lewis & Scott Leibrand.

The original goal? To make continuous glucose monitor (CGM) alarms louder. Where we are now: a full, DIY closed loop artificial pancreas that works (!)  and is open source for others to use as well.

Click here to read more about “What is #DIYPS” and why this blog was named DIYPS.org

If you’re interested in a closed loop DIY setup for yourself, please check out OpenAPS.org (especially the FAQ) and read the available OpenAPS documentation. You can also follow OpenAPS updates via #OpenAPS and @OpenAPS; Dana tweets as @DanaMLewis, and Scott tweets as @ScottLeibrand.

This blog now hosts additional perspectives by Dana about life with diabetes, diabetes technology and research, as well as other patient-driven research initiatives and health topics.

18 thoughts on “About #DIYPS

  1. Hi
    What you are describing is every patient’s dream.
    I am a consultant diabetologist and I would be very interested to know more about this. My patients would be thrilled to try.
    Perhaps we could meet up?
    Best wishes,

    1. Hi Jodi, it depends on what you mean by non-tech – it does involve some knowledge of coding and putting systems together, but it doesn’t require extensive expertise, and it’s something that many people could learn. In my opinion, the greater challenge is thinking through how you want the system to work in all use cases and ensuring safety. If you’re interested, take a look at the reference design on OpenAPS.org for more information about how we think others could build their own (n=1) implementations.


  2. Hi.
    First of all, congratulations on your recent marriage! Hope the honeymoon was enjoyable.
    Secondly, well done on using the Raspberry Pi to such amazing effect. I’ve featured you on my blog and I’m hoping the Raspberry Pi Foundation will do the same as it’s just amazing.

    All the best,

    Mike Horne

  3. I recently retired as a software developer at a medical diagnostic company (not related to diabetes products). I learned of your efforts from the Raspberry Pi Blog. My knowledge of diabetes is second hand. (The son of a friend has Type 1 Diabetes, my parents both had Type 2 that was controlled by diet.)
    I appreciate your desire to have as many people as possibly build their own device until such time as a commercial product is available but I think a good “recipe” (with a list of “ingredients”) would make this easier for many people. Your blogs suggest that something like this already exists.
    Is there some way I can help with the project? (I’m looking for volunteer activities since I retired.)

    1. Hi George, you’ll definitely want to take a look at the #OpenAPS docs! (https://github.com/openaps/docs) And we’d love your help – take a look at OpenAPS.org to review the reference design & details about where the project is at; review the docs; and also join the openaps-dev Google group. As of Jan. 14, 2016, #OpenAPS is at (n=1)*25. We’ve come a long way, and still have a ways to go in supporting others who want to better understand and utilize their medical devices!

  4. Hello. my name is Viaceslav i am from Lithuania. My son 2yers old is diabetic 1 type, on march i bought explorer board with intel edison and trying to make a rig, i am doing everything by manual, but every time the same mistakes, can you contact with me by email, i will give you more information.
    Thank you!

  5. I just found this site after reading an article in Forbes that a co-worker sent me (https://www.forbes.com/sites/rebeccaheilweil1/2017/06/15/this-woman-designed-and-texts-her-own-pancreas/#301b20dc43b0 ). I’ve been type 1 diabetic for 27 years since I was 25 years old. I’m an electrical engineer and have dreamed about creating a system like this. I’m very impressed with the work you have done. I plan on following your work and will do quite a bit of reading over the weekend! I just started using the Dexcom G5 on 6-19-2017. I still do injections but I’m looking for a pump. What pump do you use Dana?

  6. Hi, my name is Mustapha Salau and I am a student at Parkland High School. This year, I hope to conduct research into creating an artificial pancreas. Currently, I plan to use some of the ideology from the following website:https://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project-ideas/HumBio_p040/human-biology-health/developing-an-artificial-pancreas. During my alteration of the procedure, I realised that this experiment was quite simple. Based on your research, it seems as if you have an immense understanding of my topic. Due to that, I would like to ask for your help ( procedural methods and advice). Thanks
    Mustapha Salau

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