Open APS - Edison/Explorer Board rig Case



I was introduced to the OpenAPS project though a presentation by one of my colleges at work. His son has Type 1 Diabetes and requires monitoring of his condition to keep him healthy. Unfortunately this condition does not have the best support in relation to technology from larger medical companies. Progress has been slow in coming out with new technology to monitor and treat people with the condition, so the community come together to find and develop their own solution. Unable and unwilling to wait anymore while the big medical companies delayed or ignored the issue #wearenotwaiting was born. 



The Open Artificial Pancreas System project (#OpenAPS) is an open and transparent effort to make safe and effective basic Artificial Pancreas System (APS) technology widely available to more quickly improve and save as many lives as possible and reduce the burden of Type 1 diabetes. Being Open Source they pull in the work of numerous people in the community to provide a solution that they need and also to keep improving it as time goes on. Not only are users able to use the systems developed by the Project, they are also able to give feedback on the designs, provide new information on their condition, collate needs and modify the technology to suit themselves. Rather than waiting so someone or some company to help them at an high price, the community is building new technology by the people for the people.


3D Printer needed

Much later after the presentation my college had found out that I had a 3D printing setup at home which was able to print casings for a part of this OpenAPS system. He had found that most commercial 3D printing suppliers would overcharge for printing services that would literally be of poorer quality than the current prints you can get for a mid range home 3D printer. I was happy to make some prints of the current 3D design casings that he would use for his son. 

Looking at the designs, I felt as though I could try to help improve the current designs to something easier to assemble and shaped so that it was easier to carry. I asked and was allowed to borrow the electrical hardware for 2 weeks while I designed up a new casing.


Intel-Edison Based Setup

The casing was to contain the Edison based hardware. Information for this can be found here: Intel-Edison Hardware. This module is essentially a computer and communications. I was given the parts which included:

  • 3.7V 2000mAh Lipo Battery
  • Explorer Block V1.3
  • Intel-Edison
  • 2 small screws (M1.9 x 3) Pan head
Explorer Gear

This module will be carried around all the time so making sure that it is low profile and slim is my most important goal.

To be continued...