In this MEDICA.de interview, D. Eng. René Richter, Institute of Precision Engineering and Electronic Design at TU Dresden, explains how the system works.
Dr. Richter, how do the individual components – meaning the insulin pen and algorithm – interact with each other?
Eng. René Richter: We all make mistakes and sometimes lose our keys or forget to turn off the iron. People with diabetes are no exception. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a tool that discreetly monitors us and sends a message if we need to pick up an insulin pen that we left at a restaurant or missed an insulin injection?
A smart insulin pen can help people better manage their diabetes through monitoring. The device features high-tech sensors, a microcontroller and wireless connectivity. Software on your smartphone or smartwatch can calculate the injected dose, insulin temperature, and location, so it’s no longer a showstopper if you misplace your insulin pen. Simply open the Find My app or say, "Hey Siri, find my insulin pen."
The insulin pen improves the dosing accuracy and the quality of the input data for the algorithm, thus optimizing its work.