The company has also been associated with four design awards in the past year, primarily for its ambient-noise reducing stethoscope and the Helping HandTM, tablet reminder device.
The 3MTM LittmannR stethoscope has won two awards, the international iF Design award 2006 in the medical product category and the Danish Innovation and Design (D.I.D) award. The stethoscope is used by thousands of cardiologists and physicians worldwide. The widespread use of the stethoscope confirms claims that the product can pick up difficult-to-hear heart and lung sounds.
The ambient noise-reducing technology has been proven to filter out 75% of surrounding sounds and provides 18 times more amplification compared to acoustic stethoscopes.
Meanwhile, a second product by Bang & Olufsen Medicom has also had a dual design award success in the past year. The Helping Hand TM, a novel tablet reminder device has received two design awards and was a finalist in the global INDEX awards 2005. The device is unique on the market and currently serves thousands of customers in Europe, South America and Japan.
The Helping Hand TM ‘s intelligent design is particularly helpful in tackling the widespread issue of patient compliance. The device has built-in electronic features – a traffic light colour-coded feedback system to name one – that helps users to remember to take their medication and motivate them to continue this routine for the long term.
In addition, the Helping HandTM won the Chicago Athenaeum “Good Design” award 2005.