Hello! My name’s Nial Giacomelli. I’m an iPhone application developer and a type 1 diabetic. I'm asking for £7.5k to help fund the development of an innovative new iPhone application that could help thousands of diabetics worldwide. With your help, I'd like to release it completely free on the App Store and possibly bring it to other devices in the future.
In 2011 diabetes was estimated to have affected 366 million people worldwide. In the US, over 8.3% of the population are affected, and here in the UK it’s estimated that more than 1 in 20 people has diabetes. Even if you're not diabetic it's likely you know someone affected.
But here’s the good news: good diabetic control has been shown to severely reduce the risk of complications later in life. The more information we have to work with, the healthier we can be.
But there's a problem...
Most of the existing diabetic applications on the App Store make it tedious and difficult to keep your journal up to date. After all, my disease takes up so much of my life already that I didn't want to spend any more time than necessary recording data. So I built my own diabetic journal application, and I made it fast. More importantly, I made it intelligent.
Can good design help to save lives?
By using an innovative new technology called Smart Input, the application I've developed looks at your medication usage and uses that information to determine which medicine you're mostly likely to be taking at any given point in time. By learning your habits, it's able to pre-populate fields that other applications make you type out by hand or select from menus - cutting the time needed to enter information from minutes to seconds.
It lets you monitor every aspect of your health, from tracking carbs and watching your diet to physical activities. It can even remind you to take your medication when you next leave the house.
I've slaved over every aspect of the applications interface in order to make it as efficient as possible. The result is an application that I believe is more focused than any other diabetic management software out there. With your help, I want to prove that good design can really help to improve peoples lives.
- The ability to track and report on daily athletic activities, meals (and carb intake), as well as medication and blood glucose readings.
- A system which monitors your medication schedule and intelligently pre-populates fields to save you from monotonous typing!
- A blazingly fast autocomplete system.
- Fully internationalised, with automatic BG unit conversion between mg/dL and mmoI/L. The journal works everywhere.
- Medication reminders (including a geofence that'll remind you to take your medication when you leave the house)
- View entries across a rolling six month period or break it down by entries entered within the past 7 or 14 days
- A fast and beautiful gesture-based interface
What I’m looking for
By using my journal I've managed to get better control over my blood glucose levels. Not only that, but the act of logging my meals and activities has given my readings added context, which I've used to make better and healthier choices. In short, using this application has helped me to become a healthier diabetic. And I want it to help as many other people as it possibly can. Which is why, with your help, I’d like to release it completely free of charge on the App Store.
I've already spent hundreds of hours working on it in my free time. But there are some things I need to include in the application that I just can’t do without funding.
With your help I'd like to:
- Add rich, beautifully interactive charts to the application so that users can see a visual progression of their health.
- Develop a medication reminder system to allow for conditional reminders (i.e: remind me to take another inject 8 hours after my first injection), as well as standard time-based reminders.
- Develop a backup and restoration feature that integrates with popular cloud-based services like Dropbox and iCloud.
The money I raise on Kickstarter will also go towards helping to build a strong visual identity for the application. Something that people will recognize and hopefully come to trust!
What you’ll get
All backers who pledge £10 or more will receive an awesome pin badge to show that they helped back the project. They'll also get a chance to see the application come together in the final stages of development. I’ll be posting regular updates on my progress and will open various channels of communication so that backers can offer feature suggestions and feedback.
Additional funding levels are available with lots of great rewards. In particular, alpha and beta backers will get early access to the application. They'll get a chance to comment directly on features and help to shape the direction of the final product.
Finally, if the project is successfully backed, diabetics everywhere will get the chance to start a journal of their own - completely free of charge.
Why you should back
“In a disordered mind, as in a disordered body, soundness of health is impossible.” – Cicero
This is a project that's incredibly close to my heart. And it's my honest hope that with your help I can put together an application that helps people deal with their diabetes. It can be a terrifying disease at times, and it's easy for the depression and anxiety it causes to ripple out into almost every aspect of your life. But information is power, and the more we have at our fingertips the better off we'll be. Even if you're not a diabetic, I urge you to consider backing. No amount is too little.
Risks and challenges
The base application and core functionality has been developed and tested thoroughly. In terms of unforeseen production delays, the only possible delays will come in the form of third-party involvement (i.e: the charting solution we decide to go for), as well as branding work.
I've accounted for any possible delays and have added significant padding to my deadlines. As such, it's my hope that I can deliver the application slightly ahead of schedule.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
I'm very interested in looking into an Android version of the diabetic journal. While I'm not prepared to make any hard promises at this point, I can say that if the project is successfully funded it's one of the first things I'll look into making happen.
I've tried many of the diabetic applications out there and have always come away wanting. For one, it's always irked me that many of the popular diabetic applications on the App Store are free to download, but require In-App Purchases to unlock necessary features. This isn't something I wanted to do.
Additionally, I found that the main reason I always failed to keep my diabetic journals updated in the past was that entering information took too long! Which is why I came up with an innovative Smart Input system that was capable of monitoring my medication habits. By looking at when I've taken medication in the past, my journal is able to intelligently determine the medication I'm most likely to be taking at any given time. The more you use my diabetic journal, the smarter it gets. As a result, the act of entering information takes seconds - not minutes!
By focusing on user experience, I've also been able to add a great number of subtle features that really save the user time. It's this kind of care and attention that I think really sets my diabetic journal apart.
I've setup a Dribbble project for The Diabetic Journal, which you can find here: http://dribbble.com/Nial/projects/103711-The-Diabetic-Journal
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