Ambient noise reducing stethoscope wins second design award for Bang &
15 June 2006
Copenhagen, Denmark. Bang & Olufsen Medicom, which makes
drug delivery device solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has won a
second design award for the E3000 electronic stethoscope, which the company
developed in partnership with 3M.
The iF Design award 2006 was bestowed on
the E3000 for its sleek appearance and ambient noise-reducing sensor
technology. The ambient noise-reducing technology can filter out surrounding
sound by 75%.
The E3000 was co-developed and produced by Bang & Olufsen
Medicom and 3M and is marketed under the 3MTM Littmann brand. This is the
fourth design award that has recognised projects involving both design and
development contributions from Bang & Olufsen Medicom in the past year.
Henrik Kagenow, CEO of Bang & Olufsen Medicom commenting on the news
said: “Each of these design awards pay tribute not only to the discrete
designs but also to our state-of-the-art electronics and software patents
that have helped create the stethoscope and tablet reminder device. It is a
great recognition for both 3M and our engineering and design teams that
their joint collaboration is repeatedly highlighted on an international
In December, the 3MTM Littmann stethoscope was presented the
prestigious Danish Innovation and Design (D.I.D) Award at a ceremony in
Horsens, Denmark. The stethoscope is used by thousands of cardiologists and
Meanwhile, a second product by Bang & Olufsen Medicom has also had a dual
design award success in the past year. The Helping Hand, 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 Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Italy,
South America and Japan. The Helping Hand’s intelligent design is
particularly helpful in tackling the widespread issue of patient compliance.
The device has built-in electronic features, including a traffic-light
colour-coded feedback system that helps users to remember to take their
medication and motivates them to continue this routine, for the long term.
In December, the Chicago Athenaeum museum paid tribute to The Helping Hand
by presenting Bang & Olufsen Medicom with a GOOD DESIGN award 2005 at a
local ceremony. In September 2005, the iF Design was awarded to Bang &
Olufsen Medicom for The Helping Hand device, making it quite a successful
year for the company.