As the healthcare industry continues to embrace wearable technology, product developers are challenged to design medical-grade devices that are small and unobtrusive enough for people to actually use, while also powerful enough to collect and send data in a way that is actionable.

As consumers, we use wearable lifestyle devices to track how many steps we take in a day, our sleep patterns, heart rate, and so much more.

Wearables can also help doctors and patients work more effectively together by sharing actionable data, such as blood glucose levels, or heart rhythm data.

Milan Raj, director of advanced technology at MC10, will discuss leveraging bioinspired microfluidic sensors for lifestyle and medical-grade wearables at the BIOMEDevice Boston conference and expo, May 3-4, 2017.

What I like to do is create something novel, something I know will benefit 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 challenge 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 typeof sensors that are used, and what the product can actually do.