Optim’s new medical device design trends pushed them into the instant video feedback market for ear, nose, and throat operations. The desire to advance in a more technological market required an upgrade in sophisticated computing hardware. Because of requirements in design, aesthetics, and functionality, they needed a medical-grade all in one computer
that was certified for near patient use, was customizable, with a modern, slim profile. Their new medical device had unique port requirements—six USB ports for data transfer and power. Plus, they wanted hardware that met electrical safety standards to reduce their workload in finding the proper isolation transformers—basically something that works out of the box. Product life cycle was important too. A previous product of Optim’s used consumer-grade hardware that changed minor form factor details too often, forcing a device re-design. They wanted a product lifecycle that would be guaranteed for several years. Finding all these options in a specific package wasn’t going to be possible to locate in commercial grade computers.