Apple to design for diabetics


Amy Tenderich writes about iPod design for diabetes care:

Why, oh why, do consumers everywhere get the most “insanely great” little MP3 player, while we whose lives depend on medical devices get the clunky stuff of yesteryear?

Excellent idea Amy! Sure hope that Steve bites. And while at it, diabetes software can use an upgrade as well.

Reminds me of Cheetah: First half of 2006 a small team of students have been working on Cheetah—a fully distributed self-learning (smart) peer-to-peer community-based diabetes open source software system.

Oh, how nice it would be for my daughter with diabetes to have the two “marry”.

See:
http://wiki.aardrock.com/Cheetah_Project_Proposal
http://wiki.aardrock.com/Cheetah_Work_Space

Facts about diabetes in The Netherlands

Interesting cheatsheet on diabetes facts in The Netherlands published by the Diabetes Vereniging Nederland:

  • 600,000 known people have diabetes type 1 and type 2
  • 250,000 people have diabetes without their knowledge
  • so, 1 on every 19 Dutch citizen has diabetes
  • 85% have diabetes type 2
  • 15% have diabetes type 1
  • 70,000 diabetics added annually
  • at least 6,000 children (age less than 19) suffer from diabetes
  • 5,000 of these children have diabetes type 1
  • annual growth at least 500 children with type 1

Cheetah boosts business educational publishers

Since Cheetah will have a serious game engine powering the friendliness and educational aspects as well as a peer-to-peer infrastructure, it can fuel the connection between young professionals and their future clients in the field of pregnant diabetics.

Cheetah fulfills both an educational and a social purpose. An excellent opportunity for educational publishers to innovate and secure a new strategic market position.

This, in turn, allows publishers of educational material—having a hard time competing with all the “free” information available on the net—to innovate and tap into a fresh revenue stream.

Professional publishers invest heavily in structuring, editing and formatting training material so it is tuned to specific real life situations. The quality of training material is key. On the net, you’re not sure of the quality, not even in Wikipedia. Publishing houses with a good reputation have their added value, or they would not exist.

The internet is both a threat and an opportunity. A threat because there ‘s so much information available. An opportunity because it enables new ways to involve both authors, trainers, publishers, trainees, and their future clients to collaborate in unforeseen ways to co-create effective new training material.

Of course you know that training helps to close the skills gap and to get, keep and grow talent.

A productive Cheetah day

Another productive Cheetah day. Cheetah 0.0.5 saw the light of day. Platform is ready and software update works fine. Launching Cheetah still takes too long, though. Seems like something needs looked into under the hood.

Created first versions of the chaordic Cheetah Principles, Practices and Participants, still open for dialog, embellishment, and completion.

Opened the first list of potential Cheetah Participants. Others are free to join in the evolvement of Cheetah.

The first draft of Release and Version Numbering created some dialog will take a few iterations to finalize.

Had Giel over to sync up on Cheetah’s functional and interactions design. Dig into Giel’s blog on week 9 and week 10 for more.

Wiki’d the Conscious Company eXchange (CCX) edited by Aafke.

And Chris refers me to the book called Maverick by Semler, on a new way of working, compensation, and rewards.

Succes en plezier, Martien.

Cheetah User Manual in a Wiki

Converted the Cheetah User Manual from Pages to our online Wiki:

  • Everyone can read, comment and contribute.
  • Even lighter than the PDF we had before.
  • You can see the diffs between versions (fulfilling Chris’ wish)
  • Answered Durk’s questions from last week. See Cheetah as your personal assistant
  • Restructured the manual into a more logical flow and hierarchy.

Martien.