Jawbone has acquired Body Media. Both companies utilize industrial design to a significant extent to brand, differentiate and make their products compelling. With the combination of these two companies, we are sure to see even more high design in the wearable health device space.
Predictions are for the wearable health device market to grow. Health care moving from hospital to home is also a continuing trend. Medical industrial design will be key in capturing market share as medical products and devices are targeted more at consumers than at health care professionals. To deliver products that this audience will desire, medical device product development efforts need to start from a base of design research that has identified what potential users value, both functionally and aesthetically. Gathering that research and then translating it into attractive, easy to use products is what industrial design is all about.