Not positive, but I think this machine is designed to turn one leg pink
More than a few industrial designers (including your correspondent) have had to pay the bills by designing something we're, ah, not exactly proud of: forgettable gewgaws and temporary tchotchkes that aren't exactly MoMA material. But the luckiest among us get to design objects with purpose and meaning. Anyone who designs medical products is up near the top of that pile, and if you're one of them, here's your chance to shine.
The 15th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards are now seeking submissions for 2013, with a deadline of December 7th (or January 11th if you're made of money and don't mind paying an extra $100). There's ten different categories ranging from emergency & critical care to surgical and packaging (full list here), and as you can imagine of the medical field, the evaluations will be rigorous:
Entries are evaluated by a multidisciplinary panel of jurors with expertise in industrial design, engineering, human factors, manufacturing, medicine, and other design and healthcare-related fields. Selected products must not only pass design and engineering excellence, manufacturing effectiveness and innovation, but also the overall benefit to the medical and healthcare industry.
Entry information is available here.