I agree with Joel’s characterization of the DIY hybrid systems that “take control but do not take away control.”
I agree that as a group, we DIYers are not put off by the level of detail and knowledge required to use these build-it-yourself systems. While these systems are not for everyone, the more advanced tech leaders in this movement have gone to great lengths to be more inclusive than you might imagine. Many people spread well across the spectrum of tech ability have built their own DIY systems. Don’t count yourself out too quickly!
The Facebook group, “Looped,” publishes and maintains step-by-step instructions for building the various systems and just as importantly supplies customized help when the prospective user runs into a snag. It’s not the same as a 1-800 help-line but in many ways is a refreshing sort of help you won’t find with the traditional corporate telephone support. The “pay-it-forward” aesthetic displayed by people who frequent the FB Looped group every day consistently provide competent help in a clear and friendly way.
I think the large corporations like Medtronic should consider designing separate systems aimed at beginners, novices, and more advanced populations. The one-size-fits-all paradigm, I think, ignores the preferences of those of us who have used insulin pumps and CGMs for decades and find the freedom-of-choice built into the DIY systems much more attractive.