January 19, 2013

Glooko Charts

Glooko has announced a new charting option, Glooko Logbook Charts. http://www.glooko.com/#charts-tab

It is an Excel sheet. You send data out of your of your iPhone/ iPod and get charts on your computer with Excel. (It did open in Apple Numbers but I didn't do anything in Numbers but open the sheet.)  Here are the instructions for using it. From the Glooko site:

  • From the Glooko Logbook app, send yourself a CSV file and open the file on your computer.
  • Download the Glooko Logbook Charts, open it in Microsoft Excel and save it to your Desktop. Click Enable Macros (on a Mac) or Enable Content (on a PC).
  • Import your Glooko Logbook app-generated CSV file by clicking on Load New Data File and selecting your desired CSV file.
  • Now it's time to play with your data! Set date ranges, view high and low blood glucose values, and start identifying trends.

  • Here is the thing. Glooko seems to me to have value because it gets data into mobile devices - those are the devices that folks keep with them all day. So pushing the charting out of the mobile device and back into a computer seems like it is going the wrong way, convenience wise.

    I like the idea of visual representation of user's data. Not a fan of all kinds of jumping through hoops of exporting, sending importing and a partridge in a pear tree to get there.

    I wonder if that is a function of the regulation of mobile apps on mobile and the timing of the guidance?