Photo: Electric hand prosthesis holds a raw egg with three fingers; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

June 2018: Prostheses: Auxiliary means with hand and foot

01/06/2018

Show what you have got – nowadays, that's increasingly the motto of people who wear prostheses, too. As a rule, it does not matter whether they wear skin-colored cosmetics over the prosthesis or whether they offer a view on the technical details. You can find out how individual the everyday aids can be and which extra features research currently makes possible, in our Topic of the Month June.
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Photo: Adult prosthesis with individually movable fingers; Copyright: Ansgar Pudenz

Prosthetic hands from VINCENT Systems: A lightweight featuring high-tech quality and a sense of touch

01/06/2018

The Karlsruhe-based VINCENT Systems Company develops prosthetic hands that raise the bar for prosthetics. This prosthetic device is light-weight, based on the anatomical features of a natural hand and offers a wide variety of functions as well as an artificial sense of touch.
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Photo: An orthopaedic technician fits a prosthesis; Copyright: panthermedia.net/belahoche

Prosthetics – Research offers new possibilities

01/06/2018

Whether it’s discreetly thanks to a skin-toned look or in an eye-catching way owing to technical details – the way people wear prosthetic devices today depends on their wishes and preferences. Due to modern manufacturing processes and ever higher design standards, for many, they have become a way to express a lifestyle they increasingly want to communicate.
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Photo: Electric hand prosthesis holds a raw egg with three fingers; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Prostheses: Auxiliary means with hand and foot

01/06/2018

Show what you have got – nowadays, that's increasingly the motto of people who wear prostheses, too. As a rule, it does not matter whether they wear skin-colored cosmetics over the prosthesis or whether they offer a view on the technical details. You can find out how individual the everyday aids can be and which extra features research currently makes possible, in our Topic of the Month June.
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Photo: Prosthetic hand and a human hand moving synchronized; Copyright: Lizhi Pan, NC State University

New tech may make prosthetic hands easier for patients to use

28/05/2018

Researchers have developed new technology for decoding neuromuscular signals to control powered, prosthetic wrists and hands. The work relies on computer models that closely mimic the behavior of the natural structures in the forearm, wrist and hand. The technology could also be used to develop new computer interface devices for applications such as gaming and computer-aided design (CAD).
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Photo: Participant playing an exergame; Copyright: Union College Communications

Move it and use it: Exergaming may help those at risk of Alzheimer's or related dementias

23/05/2018

Older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer's, showed significant improvement with certain complex thinking and memory skills after exergaming, according to a new study.
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Photo: Physician explaining his elderly patient the features of her smartwatch; Copyright: panthermedia.net/DragonImages

Do the elderly want technology to help them take their medication?

21/05/2018

Over 65s say they would find technology to help them take their medications helpful, but need the technology to be familiar, accessible and easy to use, according to research by Queen Mary University of London and University of Cambridge.
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Photo: Wristband with RTLS; Copyright: University of South Florida

New movement monitoring system helping prevent falls in the elderly

16/05/2018

Technology that allows BMW's assembly lines to run more efficiently is now being used to accurately indicate when residents in Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) are at increased risk of falling.
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Photo: Hand on a laptop keyboard, on the screen a search engine can be seen; Copyright: panthermedia.net/everythingposs

Searching for a nursing home and don't know where to turn?

09/05/2018

Yelp reviews of nursing homes tend to focus more on staff attitudes, staff responsiveness and the physical facility itself than government reviews, a new USC study finds.
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Photo: An elderly woman catches ichó. The ball starts to glow in red-orange colors.; Copyright: ichó systems - icho-systems.de

"ichó brings people with and without dementia together and provides a way to share stories, experiences, and impressions."

22/04/2018

Like the golden sphere in the fairy tale of the Frog King, ichó (Greek for echo) is meant to bring back lost motor skills and cognitive functions to people with dementia. The project of four former graduates of the Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences aims to offer individual support through a person’s favorite music or fairy tale.
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Photo: Stefanie Trzecinski; Copyright: Johannes Franke

"At the TUECHTIG coworking space, people with and without disabilities are working together – and not just next to each other"

22/03/2018

Maximum flexibility to encourage ideas, effectively sharing office space: coworking spaces have become a part of many major cities. In 2017, Berlin featured about one hundred of them, but none of them were comprehensively accessible. That’s something Stefanie Trzecinski from KOPF, HAND + FUSS gGmbH wanted to change. That was the moment, the idea for "TUECHTIG – Raum für Inklusion" was born.
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Photo collage: 3D-printer with a printed hand and a small model wheelchair which was printed with 3D-printing; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

February 2018: Auxiliary means out of the 3D printer

01/02/2018

Prostheses, ortheses or gloves for rehabilitation - the market for auxiliary means is diverse. However, the needs of each person cannot always be met. Then individual solutions have to be found: for example, with the help of a technology that was developed back in the 1980s, but only really gained momentum in the last 15 years. This refers to 3D printing.
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Photo collage: 3D-printer with a printed hand and a small model wheelchair which was printed with 3D-printing; Copyright: Messe Düsseldorf/ctillmann

Auxiliary means out of the 3D printer

01/02/2018

Prostheses, ortheses or gloves for rehabilitation - the market for auxiliary means is diverse. However, the needs of each person cannot always be met. Then individual solutions have to be found: for example, with the help of a technology that was developed back in the 1980s, but only really gained momentum in the last 15 years. This refers to 3D printing.
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Photo: Professor Ingo Bosse and his team; Copyright: Technische Universität Dortmund, Oliver Schaper

SELFMADE: Making your own 3D printed assistive devices

01/02/2018

The small finger attachment to hold book pages in place takes about an hour, the drinking cup with handles takes up to seven hours – 3D printing takes a little patience. However, in exchange, people with and without disabilities can develop and print customized small-scale assistive devices for everyday use at the SELFMADE MakerSpace in Dortmund, Germany.
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Photo: Pen in a gripping device out of a 3D printer; Copyright: beta-web/Hofmann

Self-made 3D printed assistive devices to promote a self-determined life

01/02/2018

During the 3D printing process, three-dimensional objects made of different materials are created by adding the material layer by layer. This process is based on a three-dimensional computer model of the object. While 3D printers are at present primarily used in manufacturing and research, in recent years, more and more people with disabilities have also become interested in this technique.
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Photo: Several hand devices of e-NABLE on a table at REHACARE 2017; Copyright: beta-web/Hofmann

Colorful, personalized, playable: e-NABLE creates 3D printed hand devices

01/02/2018

Under the name e-NABLE Germany e.V., Lars Thalmann, Bernice Walter and Jan Hengst produce prosthetic hands for children and adolescents. What makes this so extraordinary: the young user gets to decide the look of the prosthesis because he/she can choose the color of the personalized model that comes from a 3D printer.
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Photo: A boy playing video games with his father; Copyright: panthermedia.net/vadymvdrobot

January 2018: Playfully accessible in rehabilitation and leisure time

03/01/2018

Virtually it doesn't really matter whether you cannot walk or whether you are a little more immobile due to age. That's why video games have meanwhile conquered both the rehabilitation industry and the leisure activities of people with disabilities. Find out how exergames put seniors in motion and how a quadriplegist plays current games in our Topic of the Month January.
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Photo: Dennis Winkens playing with his QuadStick; Copyright: private

Gaming tools: DIY community

03/01/2018

In this interview with REHACARE.com, Dennis Winkens explains how he discovered gaming, talks about things that can throw a monkey wrench into his game as a quadriplegic and reveals how he lobbies for increased accessibility in the video game industry.
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Photo: a braille line at a laptop; Copyright: Michel Arriens | www.michelarriens.de

How games conquer our world and range from mere entertainment to rehabilitation measures

03/01/2018

Video games have lost their corny and immature image a long time ago. And that’s a good thing because aside from being incredibly entertaining, they also have tremendous social potential. Meanwhile, the fields of rehabilitation and therapy also increasingly rely on the playfulness of young and old.
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Photo: A boy playing video games with his father; Copyright: panthermedia.net/vadymvdrobot

Playfully accessible in rehabilitation and leisure time

03/01/2018

Virtually it doesn't really matter whether you cannot walk or whether you are a little more immobile due to age. That's why video games have meanwhile conquered both the rehabilitation industry and the leisure activities of people with disabilities. Find out how exergames put seniors in motion and how a quadriplegist plays current games in our Topic of the Month January.
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Photo: Cinderella and Niels of HelpCamps; Copyright: HelpCamps

HelpCamps: "Making assistive technology faster, more affordable and personalized"

23/11/2017

In accordance with the slogan "Nothing about us without us", the HelpCamps project aims at developing and implementing concepts and ideas together. To make this a reality, people with disabilities, companies from the assistive technology, care and assistance sectors, as well as stakeholders in the so-called maker movement and researchers, are brought together to network during various events.
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Photo: Click-sonar coach Juan Ruiz while training with a kid; Copyright: Anderes Sehen e.V., www.anderes-sehen.de

"Long cane for children is a 'facilitator'– the chance to independently accomplish something"

17/08/2017

The long cane offers the possibility to be independent and effectively mobile as a person with visual impairment. Children in particular could get used to him in a playful way. The association "Anderes sehen e.V." has co-developed the children's long cane. REHACARE.com spoke to Ellen Schweizer, the founder of the association, about the fact that inclusion is not a burden, but can bring joy.
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Photo: Florian Adler; Copyright: Tim de Gruisbourne

"Inclusive communication design is both accessible and attractive"

15/06/2017

For many, recognizing and understanding characters is an important prerequisite to social participation. Inclusive communication design helps people with visual impairments to accomplish this. REHACARE.com spoke with designer and expert of the German Association for Blind and Visually Impaired People, Florian Adler. He has developed a digital guide to inclusive communication design.
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Photo: Sandra Glöckler; Copyright: Rolli auf Trab

"Horse riding is a sport people with and without impairments are able to experience together on equal footing"

20/04/2017

More self-confidence and independence – things you can learn from horse riding for example. People with disabilities can take this important step with "Rolli auf Trab" (English: Trotting with Wheelchairs). REHACARE.com spoke with Sandra Glöckler of "Rolli auf Trab" about the lust for life that horse riding inspires and the interaction and experiences with the animals.
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Photo: Marcus Rohrbach cuts fruits in kitchen, camera records scenes, computer screen in foreground

Will software automatically describe movie plots in the near future?

18/07/2016

In order to understand the plot of a movie an audio version is very helpful for visually impaired people. Authors watch the whole movies and describe what happens in each scene. But wouldn’t it be possible for a computer software to do this kind of work? Researchers work on developing a program which automatically generates movie descriptions and reads them out.
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Photo: Birgit Gebhardt

Blessing or curse? Using robots in the healthcare sector

21/06/2016

In the distant future? – But today already a reality: robot caregivers are designed to make the daily tasks of healthcare workers easier. Today these types of helpers are already being used in Japan. They lift people in need of care out of their beds, play cards with them or cuddle with dementia patients.
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Photo: Sigrid Arnade

"Ability4Refugees platform wants to provide auxiliary means for refugees with disabilities"

24/05/2016

Many people who had to leave their home country traveled in a wheelchair or used crutches. The stress of this escape was at times even more exhausting and taxing for some than for others. REHACARE.com spoke with Sigrid Arnade (ISL e.V.) and Eva-Maria and Andreas Mohn (Andreas Mohn Foundation) about the Ability4Refugees platform that aims to improve the availability of auxiliary means for refugees.
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Photo: Philipp Mahler with an avatar at MEDICA 2015

"The robot facilitates and promotes the connection between children"

15/12/2015

A robot that provides a link between hospital and classroom? The project Avatar Kids makes this possible: acutely ill children are able to actively participate in school activities with the help of a tablet computer. The teacher facilitates the communication. REHACARE.com spoke with Philipp Mahler of Avatar Kids about the opportunities this project provides.
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Photo: Nicole Seifert

"Safe mobility starts with the right choice and adaptation of the wheelchair"

23/07/2015

Whether it’s a wheelchair or a walker – for people with disabilities, it is crucial to control their own mobility in a competent and safe manner. Yet not everyone truly feels confident in every situation with these assistive devices. That’s why REHACARE.com spoke with Nicole Seifert about ways to foster more trust in yourself and others.
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