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Qmed: How to Create Wearables People Actually Want to Use

April 27, 2017

Qmed spoke with MC10's Director of Advanced Technology, Milan Raj, to get his thoughts on the future of wearable tech as it pertains to the healthcare industry. 

"For Milan Raj, the opportunity to design products that help people improve their health is what led him to join MC10 in 2013. The Lexington, MA-based wearable technology firm designs products that are thin and flexible, and built to stretch, bend, and twist with the person wearing it. Raj leads MC10’s advanced technology engineering team with a focus on designing epidermal health monitoring devices.

“What I like to do is create something novel, something I know will benefit a lot of people, and actually see the end result of that,” Raj told Qmed.

When asked about current trends in the wearable technology sector, Raj said the spectrum of wearable technology products is shrinking as the two ends of the spectrum – consumer wearables and medical wearables – are starting to converge.

The key metrics driving the success of wearable technology are power, battery size, and usability, Raj said. For a device to truly be successful, he said, it needs to be unobtrusive, easy to use, and require a low level of energy.

The challenge, however, is that designing a device that is unobtrusive and easy enough to use on a daily basis often comes with a lot of tradeoffs in terms of the type of sensors that are used, and what the product can actually do.

Raj said this is particularly challenging on the medical end of the wearables spectrum. “It all goes back to, ‘how do we take that medical-grade equipment and shrink it to make it feasible on a wearable device?’” he said."

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