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Human-Powered Medical Equipment Market Segmentation by Type (Thermoelectric, Motion-based, and Others); by Device Type (Implantable Devices, and Wearable); and by End-User (Hospital, Specialty Clinics, Laboratories, and Others) – Global Demand Analysis & Opportunity Outlook 2031

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  • June, 2020: UCLA designed wearable-tech gloves that can translate sign language into speech in real time.

  • May, 2017: UCLA and University of Connecticut scientists design super capacitor that could make pacemakers battery-free. These pacemakers operate using charged particles, or ions, from fluids in the human body.

  • December, 2016: Michigan State University engineering researchers have created a new device, known as a nanogenerator, to harvest energy from human motion. It is a film-like device that can be folded to create more power.

Global Human-Powered Medical Equipment Market Highlights over 2022 – 2031

The global human-powered medical equipment market is estimated to grow at a significant CAGR over the forecast period, i.e., 2022 – 2031. The growth of the market can be attributed to increasing need for medical devices for treatment, accompanied by the growing global patient pool. Medical devices run on disposable batteries, which create significant amount of land pollution. Moreover, these batteries require minerals, which are depleting rapidly, raising the need for battery-free medical equipment. Human-powered devices use heat or motion of the body to generate static energy, which is then converted into electricity. The growing adoption of medical equipment is estimated to assist the market growth. Moreover, advancement in technology, and increasing healthcare expenditure are projected to encourage the growth of the market. According to the World Bank data, 9.856% of the global GDP was spent for healthcare in 2018. 

Human-Powered Medical Market

The market is bifurcated by device type into implantable devices, and wearable, out of which, the wearable segment is anticipated to hold the notable share in the global human-powered medical equipment market over the forecast period on account of increasing demand for wearable medical devices, along with the need to reduce waste generated by disposable batteries. Based on type, the market is segmented into thermoelectric, motion-based, and others, out of which, the thermoelectric segment is estimated to witness notable growth over the forecast period. This can be attributed to the high potential of human body to produce heat even at rest, which is used to generate electricity in such devices.  CLICK TO DOWNLOAD SAMPLE REPORT

Major Macro-Economic Indicators Impacting the Market Growth

Healthcare Expenditure per Capita, (USD), 2015-2018

According to the statistics by the World Health Organization, the global per capita healthcare expenditure amounted to USD 1,064.741 in the year 2017. The worldwide healthcare expenditure per person grew from USD 864.313 in 2008 to USD 1,110.841 in 2018, where the U.S. is the top country that amounted to healthcare expenditure of USD 10, 623.85 per capita in 2018. As of 2018, the domestic general government healthcare spending in the U.S. was USD 5355.79, which grew from USD 3515.82 in 2008. These are some of the factors responsible for market growth over the past few years. Moreover, as per the projections by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the estimated average annual percent change related to National Health Expenditures (NHE) in the U.S. was 5.2% in 2020 as compared to 2019 (4.5%). Furthermore, the National Health Expenditures are projected to reach USD 6,192.5 Billion in 2028, where the per capita expenditure is estimated to touch USD 17,611 in the same year. These are notable indicators that are anticipated to create lucrative business opportunities in upcoming years.

Global Human-Powered Medical Equipment Market Regional Synopsis

On the basis of geographical analysis, the global human-powered medical equipment market is segmented into five major regions including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America and Middle East & Africa region. The market in Asia Pacific region is estimated to witness modest growth over the forecast period on the back of improving adoption of medical devices in the developing countries. Moreover, countries, such as, India, and Japan are investing in medical product development, resulting in significant growth in the medical equipment industry in the APAC region. For instance, the medical devices industry in the Asia Pacific region was valued at around USD 87 billion in 2020. 

The market in the North America region is anticipated to gain the largest market share throughout the forecast period owing to the increasing adoption of advanced medical equipment, along with the presence of major research institutes in the region.

Human-Powered Medical Equipment Market Share

The global human-powered medical equipment market is further classified on the basis of region as follows:

  • North America (U.S. & Canada) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

  • Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Rest of Latin America) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

  • Europe (U.K., Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Hungary, Belgium, Netherlands & Luxembourg, NORDIC (Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark), Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe), Poland, Turkey, Russia, Rest of Europe) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

  • Asia-Pacific (China, India, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Rest of Asia-Pacific) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

  • Middle East and Africa (Israel, GCC (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman), North Africa, South Africa, Rest of Middle East and Africa) Market size, Y-O-Y growth, Market Players Analysis & Opportunity Outlook

Market Segmentation

Our in-depth analysis of the global human-powered medical equipment market includes the following segments:

By Type

  • Thermoelectric
  • Motion-based
  • Others

By Device Type

  • Implantable Devices
  • Wearable

By End-User

  • Hospital
  • Specialty Clinics
  • Laboratories
  • Others

Growth Drivers

  • Eco-Friendly and Low Maintenance Medical Equipment
  • Growing Advancement in Healthcare Sector


  • High Initial Cost of the Equipment
  • Lack of Public Awareness

Top Featured Companies Dominating the Market

The concept of human-powered medical equipment is still in the developmental stage. Researchers and scientists from University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) and Michigan State University are developing these equipment, which are estimated to be available for commercial use by 2030. Moreover, various other medical device manufacturers, such as, Cordant Health Solutions, Legacy Medical Services, LLC, Omega Laboratories, Inc., and Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc., among others, are estimated to invest in the market.  


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