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Is anyone familiar with /heard of ScIO? It's a molecular imaging device that is supposed to give exact carbohydrate readings (among other things) in real time, not per unit, but for the real food you have on your real plate. Too good to be true? The device is still in the production stage.


@Ginat: I assume the Medtronic Pump is connected via USB. Have you connected your USB devices with Parallels so that the virtualized Windows can see them? Here is the documentation:


@Ginat: I just signed up for the SCiO with an expected delivery date in December 2014. With the developers opening it up for others to create their own apps, I am excited to see what might come out of it. I used the food thing to justify the buy-in.


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Hi Everyone.

I'm definitely NOT a geek, but a type 2 who still uses pencils (remember those?) and paper (that white stuff that comes in pads) to log BGs, but I had an idea for data gathering, and Manny suggested that this group might be able to help.

An engineer friend, Derek Paice, came up with the idea of the "substance glycemic index," or SGI, which is essentially a GI but for all foods, not just carbs. He describes it in a free online booklet at Unfortunately, he's closed his website, which had some other information.

But my idea was that there's tremendous power in the online community, and if there were a way for people to measure their own SGIs and then post them to TuDiabetes, eventually there might be enough data to help people who didn't want to measure their own.

The idea is that you eat a food or a meal and then measure the area under the curve until it returns to baseline and compare that AUC with your AUC for a control substance, expressing it as a percentage. Derek used whole-wheat bread, but I think that's not a good control because the ingredients of whole-wheat bread can vary so much. Glucose would be better.

He used 60 grams of food, but one could use any amount.

The idea is that the GI used 50 g of "available carbohydrate," not a certain weight of food, and some foods might have carbs with a high GI but not much carb. The glycemic load is supposed to correct for that, but you can't get GLs for foods for which no one has calculated GI, for example, meat and nonstarchy vegetables. I'm type 2, but meat can make my BG go up.

Clearly, this wouldn't work for anyone using bolus insulin, but knowing the SGIs that had been calculated by type 2s could help some type 1s with food choices.

Anyway, right now it's just a vague idea. I was wondering if anyone else thought it had merit.


Oh yes. I'm such a nongeek I don't even know if something like my previous comment should be a topic under Forums. (I'm one of two people in the world who aren't on Facebook.)


Hi Manny,

I'm a retired IT Pro, Brittle Type 1 45+ years, 4 years pumper (Medtronic). I have an LG Optimus F3 Android phone running 2.1.2, if that's a platform you need to test. I'm also an experienced Beta tester, so happy to help. My PC OS is Windows 8.1 x64 (Desktop Mode), usually with IE11 (Desktop Mode), Firefox PC, and Opera Android.

Let me know how I can get involved more in Geeks with Diabetes.



In the words of the amazing @Emily_Coles: HELLO ALL YOU GEEKS! :wink:


Posted my first Bug Report on the new WordPress site! (Sent PM to Emily_Coles with the details) :computer:

TuDiabetes technology “geek” on the job! (I’m a retired IT Pro, long-time Beta Tester of hardware, software, and devices, including Diabetes tech tools.) Brittle Type 1 45 years, 5 years insulin pumper, and Diabetes Awareness advocate.

PM Emily if you want to volunteer and join in the “fun” to help improve TuDiabetes!


I am what I call as a technology geek. Lets see how this goes hehehe
here is my intro on this somewhat old forum!