One of the trends we’ve seen coming is the use of prosthetics to augment human abilities. MedGadget has a report on one of the newer developments in this area – an unpowered exoskeleton designed to allow industrial workers to hold heavy tools for long periods of time.
There have been a number of stories in the past several years about exoskeleton-type devices being developed to help the disabled community. We are now seeing similar technology being used in products that augment the strength and endurance of able-bodied people. Such products will find a large market in the years to come. With their specialized knowledge of how devices interface with the human body, medical device designers are in a unique position to provide the design expertise these new physical augmentation products will require.