Flexible electronics are about to bring a revolution to medical device design. MC10 has been the pioneer in flexible electronics, and seems close to having a device on the market that utilizes their advantages in interfacing with the human body.
Other institutions, such as EPFL (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne) are also making strides in advancing the technology.
According to a November 2015 report from IDtechEx, there are over 3000 organizations working on flexible electronics, and stretchable electronics are going to have huge growth potential as they emerge from R&D.
For body-worn devices, rigid plastic and metal housings will soon give way to soft, flexible designs that conform to the body’s contours and to its movements. From a design perspective, product form is still going to be important, but it will need to be thought of in different ways. How can form be incorporated into products that, for use on the body, should ideally be flat? What will be important is not the form in isolation, but the form in relation to the body on which it’s worn.