Yes, I totally agree about the pace of technology. I've seen it/lived it firsthand. As an adult, I don't have any issues with supporting new technology if I can. However, the slowness has more to do with the FDA approval process from what I know, not peoples' willingness to adopt the technology once it's out there. Granted, the FDA process is there to keep us safe, so there's that.
Regarding DKA, an occlusion in the line (and failure of the alarm to go off) is just one way it can happen. Pumps can also malfunction and tell you they are delivering insulin when they are actually not. Granted, these instances are rare, but they happen. My endo advised me not to get the Omnipod, for example, because I go into DKA very quickly and the pods are known to be quirky. That said, for someone who isn't prone to DKA and really, really needs a tubeless device, I think Omnipod is a great choice. It's all about individual factors.
My point was only that, IMO, these occurrences are less likely in "proven" devices. I would personally not have any qualms with an adult pioneering a new device, but if it was my kid, I would have second thoughts based on my own experience with T1D, and would probably opt to stick with a device that is more proven/tested in the pediatric population. Again, just my opinion, so take it for what it's worth.
I'm thinking the same.. that Animas Vibe + dexcom gen4 will likely be my next pump.
As a parent, a plus might be that the Dexcom receiver and the new Animas (Vibe) pump would both receive the signal from the dexcom Gen4 sensor. So the parent could have a receiver and be 20 feet away. So you get the best of both worlds, integrated and separate.
If you can, try to get a hands-on demo and try out the menu/button presses. Some diabetes care teams have pumps, or have Informational events with demonstrations.
Since the Vibe is currently only available in Europe, the only option for 'hands on' is to view the user manual, or info on the Animas UK website.
I agree that the smallest rate is the most useful, particularly if you are looking for precision. I am pretty obsessive about it but if I'm at 110 and boost my rate by .025/ hour, it'll get the 15-20 points I'm looking for to get me to 90-95. The sensitivity and, for me at least, importance of making these small adjustments, trimming the sails or whatever you want to call it, is something that I haven't seen a lot of in books but seems to me to be a big advantage of a pump and I would want whatever pump has the smallest adjustment parameters avaiable.