Photo: Splints adapted to the footwear of two children; Copyright: Staffordshire University

Orthotics breakthrough helps children with cerebral palsy


Researchers have confirmed that adapting fine-tuned splints in combination with the footwear used by children with cerebral palsy to help them walk can decrease the energy they use by as much as 33 percent.
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Image: e-glasses with descriptions; Copyright: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2020

Multifunctional e-glasses monitor health, protect eyes, control video game


Fitness tracker bracelets and watches provide useful information, such as step count and heart rate, but they usually can't provide more detailed data about the wearer's health. Now, researchers have developed smart e-glasses that not only monitor a person's brain waves and body movements, but also can function as sunglasses and allow users to control a video game with eye motions.
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Image: shoe with the Kirigami grip inspired by snake skin; Copyright: Diemut Strebe/Harvard SEAS

Kirigami grips could help seniors keep their footing


Researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) and MIT have developed pop-up shoe grips, inspired by snake skin, that can increase friction between the shoe and the ground. The assistive grips could be used, among other things, to reduce the risk of falling among older adults.
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Image: several images of the prosthesis in use; Copyright: Edgar Lobaton

Researchers incorporate computer vision and uncertainty into AI for robotic prosthetics


Researchers have developed new software that can be integrated with existing hardware to enable people using robotic prosthetics or exoskeletons to walk in a safer, more natural manner on different types of terrain. The new framework incorporates computer vision into prosthetic leg control, and includes robust AI algorithms that allow the software to better account for uncertainty.
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Photo: Dr. Maximilian W. M. Wintergerst (second from right) trains ophthalmic assistants at the Sankara Eye Hospital in Bangalore, India; Copyright: University of Bonn/Sankara Eye Foundation

Inexpensive retinal diagnostics via smartphone


Retinal damage due to diabetes is now considered the most common cause of blindness in working-age adults. In low- and middle-income countries, an eye examination via smartphone could help to detect changes at an early stage. This is shown by a new study carried out by scientists from the University of Bonn together with colleagues from Sankara Eye Hospital Bangalore (India).
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Graphic: A representative result of a person diabetic neuropathy; Copyright: UTSW

A sole mate to prevent diabetic foot ulcers


A new cooling insole developed by UT Southwestern scientists reduced the foot temperature of patients with diabetic neuropathy by several degrees, diminishing a significant risk factor for diabetic foot ulcers. This new device could eventually prevent thousands of amputations that take place worldwide each year because of this condition.
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Photo: Feet walking on a way through a forest; Copyright: PantherMedia/linux1987

Knee osteoarthritis: Specially designed footwear reduces pain


New research by Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), the University of Toronto and the University of Bern Switzerland found: Wearing shoes specifically designed with a novel sole (biomechanical footwear) significantly reduces the pain associated with knee osteoarthritis.
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Photo: Man walking up some stairs with the soft robotic exosuit; Copyright: Rolex Awards/Fred Merz

Soft robotic exosuit makes stroke survivors walk faster and farther


A research study in stroke survivors with chronic hemiparesis shows that soft exosuit technology can bring immediate improvements in walking speed and endurance tests.
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Picture: Graphic explaining how the arm prosthesis works; Copyright: MedUni Vienna/A. Cserveny

Plug and Play: the world’s first ready-to-use bionic arm prosthesis developed and implanted


Next milestone in the development of bionic arm prostheses: Oskar Aszmann's team in the Clinical Laboratory for Bionic Limb Reconstruction at MedUni Vienna’s Department of Surgery has developed the world's first fully integrated bionic arm prosthesis that is ready to use – in keeping with the motto "Plug and Play".
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