Rather than having blood drawn at a clinic, having it sent to a laboratory for analysis and waiting for the results, Our blood will be continuously monitored by a sensor implanted under the skin.

This technology and many other equally amazing ones will be incorporated into medical devices in the not-too-distant future. Work on the medical “tricorder”, brain wave monitoring and analysis, non-invasive nerve pathway stimulation, real-time physiology monitoring using video, and many other technologies are advancing. Soon there will be many more tools available for use in medical product development. But enabling humans to interface with these technologies will require skillful design.

I am amazed at the science I see advancing on a daily basis. Translating these advances into useful and usable medical products will be the critical job of design.