Ever since I wrote about the Anubis project (twice in 2021) I keep getting people assuming that I’m responsible for it.
They send me requests for units, instructions as to how to make them themselves, etc.
Just to be clear: I was one of the people involved in early testing of the units, and I use them myself, but it’s not my project. Never has been.
To recap: the standard Dexcom G6 and ONE transmitters have a 2-hour warmup, and expire each sensor session after 10 days. They also turn themselves off after 100 days, and can’t be turned on again.
Except by getting reincarnated as an Anubis (which is currently only done in Australia, but there’s a flow of recycled units all over the world). This involves a bunch of hardware (CNC and laser machines) and a software modification.
Afterwards, the reincarnated units can be put back into “Standard” mode (with 2-hour warmup and 10-day sessions) but in their Enhanced mode the warmup is 50 minutes before they start returning data, and up to 60 days (8 weeks) before the transmitter terminates the session. Most people don’t get that far (I rarely run my sensors past 16 days as Sensor Errors start popping up, but I do know people who manage 60 days of good performance).
When the transmitter’s day timer eventually runs out you can reset it to zero and start again. The battery is also user-replaceable, meaning each unit has an almost unlimited lifespan. All of this works with any software that already talks to Dexcom G6 units (although resetting and changing standard/enhanced mode requires an extra piece of software).
This design was made by people living with T1 diabetes, and is not making anyone rich. It’s run for people living with diabetes.
“Why would I use Anubis?”
There can be many reasons.
It was first developed before Australia had subsidised CGM access for people with T1D, and when you’re paying full price for your CGM it can make a big difference. Not only do we avoid the regular replacement of the transmitter, but we also need fewer sensors. How many fewer does vary by individual of course.
But I also know people with T2 diabetes who are using Anubis: they do not get any subsidy yet, and cost continues to make a huge difference. It can make access to CGM possible (which benefits everyone).
But even now with subsidised access, I continue to use them because of the flexibility they give me. I don’t need to restart a new sensor exactly every 10 days. If the sensor is still behaving, I can replace it at a time that’s convenient to me.
And because I don’t have to worry about the transmitter expiring, I can use two transmitters to overlap sensors so that I rarely have any downtime or untrustworthy data. It was interesting when G7 adopted a similar function (enabled through their use of a new transmitter with each sensor).
“So where do I find out more?”
Much of the community and support around Anubis is based in a Facebook group, and some people do complain that they need a way to get in touch without having to touch Facebook.
But in fact the contact form (which was mentioned in an update to one of my 2021 article) is via a Google form, and does not require Facebook. To quote from the announcement within the Facebook group:
Anubis request form
Join the list, you’ll receive an email once yours is ready.
Local contacts for delivery information. Must have completed the form first!
Please, you’ll get a faster response by contacting them directly rather than having me acting as a middleman forwarding queries.