Basics 3 – Spike application for iOS (IPhone) – Installation and commissioning

Spike is a new application for iOS phones. It is not yet available in the Apple Store, but through TestFlight – an application in the whole system, what form Apple provides developers – developers for building their applications.

The most convenient – is to do this installation displaying this post on something other than the phone on which we install Spike. It will be easier and it will be less likely that we will skip any of the steps – which may result in either incorrect operation or complete non-operation of the application 🙂

Those who are willing to use Spike do not download it like other applications, but to install it on their iPhone, they must do the following:

1, You should enter from any browser to the website

2. Scroll down the page – to the part where you enter your registration details as a Spike application tester:

3. After entering the name and e-mail address we have registered in the Apple Store, click on “Send” and … we wait until we receive an e-mail with data for further steps. It can take up to 48 hours, although it usually happens faster. Currently, there are over 1,200 testers and they are quickly arriving, so it may take a while to add them to their list – this is done manually and is done by one person – the creator of Spike Miguel Kennedy.

4. We do not have to wait unproductive. On Facebook, we’re looking for the Spike App group. We declare the desire to join and after joining we read what people write. These are the best places to contact the creators (together with Miguel over Spike, the creator of the first application which was created iosxdripreader – Johan Degraeve) works. In addition, we download the TestFlight application from the Apple Store.

5. The received email inviting you to test the Spike application looks like this:

5a. Here as a supplement – it can sometimes happen that the invitation email will come in a text form – it will be given a letter and digital code for manual entry in TestFlight. Then we run the TestFlight application, in the upper right we click on the word “Redeem” and enter the code in the window that appeared. After entering the code, click on “Redeem”.

6. In the e-mail with graphics – click on “View in TestFlight”, the TestFlight application starts up – immediately with the window asking for permission to send notifications. Click “Allow” – in the future we will automatically receive notifications about new versions of the application appearing.

7. After downloading, we come to the screen where we have the opportunity to launch the Spike application for the first time – click on “Open”:


8. We accept notifications from Spike (it will be information about measurements, alarms, etc.), License Agreement. As the third screen, we are asked if we want the “application helper” to guide us through the commissioning procedure. Click Yes “:

9. The first screen of the application appears – on which the “helper” suggests clicking the menu selection button on the top left. Here, digression – Spike, just like xDrip on Android has two menus – main on the left marked with three dashes and auxiliary on the right – marked with three dots. After clicking “3 dashes” – the main menu with options: “Sensor”, “Transmiter”, Settings “,” Help “,” Bug Request “and Disclaimer” unfolds. According to the hint, we choose “Settings” and then “General”:

10. In “General” – general settings – choose the clock mode (24 or 12 hours am / pm), Glucose units – “Unit” (mg / dl or mmol), and main values (these values are not directly used in alarms, they are ” hints “when setting alarms). In turn from the highest – Very High, High, Low, Very Low. The two middle – High and Low – are the limits of the target range used in the statistics. After setting the general values – click on “Back”, return to the menu and select the next option – “Transmitter”

11. The first step on this screen is to choose the type of transmitter that we use. Click on “Select”, a list appears, where you can choose “BluCon, BlueReader, Dexcom G4 and G5, LimiTTer and Transmiter PL – that is, T-Mini and its predecessors – TI and T-II. option, ie “Transmiter PL.” Click on “Transmiter PL” and this is where we finish this screen returning to the main screen via “Back”.

12. After selecting the transmitter, or when returning to the main screen, the information (first screen below) may appear to wait for the pairing request for Bluetooth devices. We ignore, because the T-Mini does not require pairing. From the main screen, we enter again in the “3 dashes” menu and go to “Sensor”, where we start the sensor by clicking “Start”. At this point, a few words of explanation: launching the sensor in the application has nothing to do with the actual start of the sensor after it has been installed – the Libre factory reader. In the application – it is opening the possibility of saving data from the sensor. Many people after the first application of the sensor in the application – it never stops. The Sensor Start / Stop procedure does not affect the sensor itself. This is a purely informational activity for the Spike application. It’s the same in xDripie.

13. Here, we also omit the information about the need to wait for pairing and click “Start Sensor”, and then we give the date and time of its launch. If we give the current date and time shorter than one hour from entering – we will have to wait this hour – as it happens when the sensor is started with a factory reader – so we give at least an hour earlier than it is 🙂 and confirm “Start Sensor”. The application displays a screen saying that now we should wait for 2 measurements from the transmitter to perform the initial calibration. Click “OK” – and then go back through the screen “Senor” and “Back” to the main screen.


14. We have already prepared the application – now we have to connect with the transmitter. From now on, the T-Mini should be working and mounted on the sensor Libre. Through the “3 dashes” menu, go to “Transmitter” and click “Scan” – you will see the confirmation “Scan Bluetooth Device – Scanning for Bluetooth device has started”, which we accept – “OK”. When the transmitter is found – a second confirmation will be displayed – which we also accept – “OK” – and we are on the “Transmitter” screen. This screen does not refresh automatically – to show current, after scanning data – you have to go back to the menu via “Back” and re-enter “Transmitter”. Then, when everything has gone right so far – we are in next positions: “Data source: Transmiter PL”, “Device Name: LimiTTer”, “Status: Connected”. We do not have battery data yet (“unknown”) – they will appear after the first data received from the T-Mini. Next – we go back to the main screen.

15. After a while, the first call will be displayed, followed by the second calibration. Enter the result measured with the meter and click on “ADD”.

16. On this we practically finished the installation and launch of the Spike application. Incoming from the T-Mini measurements – they will be displayed on a regular basis, the glycemic diagram will be drawn, update the statistics at the bottom of the screen. The values of subsequent measurements can be seen by clicking on the auxiliary menu – “3 dots” (on the right at the top “and then on the first” Reading “.) The table with measurements and the time they come from will be displayed. Exit from the table by” Back “and reason for main screen.

The scale of the chart is dynamic – it adjusts itself to the smallest and largest value of the blood glucose currently visible on the graph.

This is not all – the next step is to make the application alert us at high or low blood glucose levels, when there is a break in measurements, to send results further, etc. …. This will be the subject of the next article.



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