i don’t get the analogy, but I do have an insulin pump. I waited 27 years to try one because the original pumps were so scary I just couldn’t even look at one.
all pumps… all of them, have in infusion system (metal needle, cannula, etc.), a reservoir full of insulin. and a tube that connects the two. there is a electro-mechanical system to “pump” the insulin from the reservoir through the tube and then under your skin. ON this level they are all exactly the same.
Omnipod makes the reservoir/pump/infusion system & battery a single disposable unit and hides it all under a hockey-puck you glue to your body. the only thing wireless about it is the controller.
Medtronic, J&J, and T-Slim make the pump/reservoir/battery system into a “pager” and a remote infusion system you stick to your skin like a band-aid. The wire everyone is so concerned about is really a pipe, and it’s just longer because people tend to like to put the actual pump in their pocket, on their belt or in a head-band.
all pumps have the same basic safety protocols in the programming, and all but the t-slim use a basic stepper motor to move insulin.
so pick the pump you like even if it’s that you like it because of the cool screen or the color.
My background is technology and I really like and use high tech systems instruments and devices every day. In my opinion, and it’s just my opinion, the accuracy of today’s CGM is the weak link for any closed loop system and in my humble opinion is no where ready to accurately control blood sugar automatically. The best insulins (compared to what your body used to make) are still very slow to start working and work way too long for any closed system to be a real artificial pancreas compared to a non-diabetics ability to regulate blood sugar. When you have poor accuracy in your measurement, and then sloppy insulin absorption and long “tails” you may find that the AP falls short of the miracle system to control blood sugar. whether you agree or not is up to you, but the AP still requires finger sticks, calibrations, pre-meal bolus and carb counting, post meal regulation and mods for activity, and pretty much everything we are doing right now every day, plus the maintenance and operation of a second pump with glucagon in it. to me, it’s more like a battery hybrid car… a stepping stone to better systems and controls in the future.