Medical product design is going to be impacted greatly by new technologies that are being developed to allow non-invasive testing and monitoring of things that now require finger sticks, blood draws, and other unpleasantries. We’ve written in the past about various technologies that use light, and microneedle sensors, to accomplish this.
Now, microelectronics are also being looked at as a viable technology to accomplish non-invasive testing and monitoring. The Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems has news of microchips they are developing in nanoscale that can determine blood glucose levels from tears or sweat.
Developments such as these, along with advances in flexible electronics, indicates that body-worn patches, stickers, stamps, and even temporary tattoos will become important elements in medical product design of the future.