REHACARE Newsletter

Photo: The PARAVAN PR30/II in the tilt angle to the rear; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

PARAVAN GmbH

The PARAVAN PR 30 gets an update

29/06/2022

There is a new model of the PARAVAN wheelchair all-rounder, the PARAVAN PR 30/II, which is equipped with numerous additional medical functions. In addition, the PARAVAN PR 30/II can be individually adapted to the respective symptoms.
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Image: Right: Man using the smartglass application. Left: Power wheelchair; Copyright: Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical

Sunrise Medical and munevo enter strategic cooperation

27/06/2022

The companies Sunrise Medical and munevo have entered into a strategic cooperation. At the center of this cooperation is the Smartglass application, which allows power wheelchair users to control hands-free navigation and the operation of other devices via head movements.
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Photo: a person with the right hand in a plaster cast smears himself a roll with the help of his left hand and a special eating board; Copyright: Ornamin

Ornamin

Small things that have big benefits: daily living aids help make everyday life easier

27/06/2022

Opening a jar or getting on a bike to ride to the store: small things that many of us around the world do every day and tend to take for granted. But these activities are not a matter of course for everyone. Daily living aids can make a big difference to people with disabilities in making their lives easier.
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Photo: Physiotherapist with stroke patient in rehabilitation room. Both wear mouth guards; Copyright: svitlanah

svitlanah

Computer tool can track stroke rehabilitation to boost recovery

20/06/2022

A computer program equipped with sensors called PrimSeq can detect and count the arm movements of people in stroke rehabilitation. The research aims to find the optimal level of exercise intensity for recovery.
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Photo: The new mobile shower commode standing in a bathroom; Copyright: Etac

Etac

Mobile shower commodes: Etac Clean with front-opened seat

15/06/2022

In the new shower commode model of the company Etac, the seat can be opened to the front. It can be suitable for users who are able to reach more independently from the front, depending on their range of motion or personal preference.
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Barbara Lachner / WKW

Mercur Innovation Award: 1st place for new leg prosthesis Kenevo

13/06/2022

The Vienna Chamber of Commerce honors Ottobock as the most innovative company with Mercur Innovation Award. The new version of the Kenevo leg prosthesis, developed by an Austrian team, provides more safety and self-confidence with new technology.
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Photo: 3D-printed prototype of self-offloading insole showing the arrangement of array of arches top view and (b) side view; Copyright: Priyabrata Maharana, Jyoti Sonawane

Priyabrata Maharana, Jyoti Sonawane

Snapping footwear to help prevent diabetic foot complications

13/06/2022

Researchers have developed a set of unique self-regulating footwear for people with diabetes. The footwear is 3D printed and can be customized to an individual's foot dimensions and walking style.
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Photo: Edmund Ödamer uses a lift system to get into the cab of his JOHN DEERE tractor; Copyright: PARAVAN GmbH

PARAVAN GmbH

PARAVAN makes construction and agricultural machinery accessible

08/06/2022

Thanks to PARAVAN retrofitting, Edmund Ödamer's most important work tool, the tractor, is now accessible. The cooperation between JOHN DEERE and PARAVAN is based on developing efficient mobility solutions so that people with physical impairments can be efficiently and purposefully reintegrated into the primary labor market.
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Photo: Cochlear implant on the head of a little girl; Copyright: Satura_

Satura_

Deaf children with learning delays benefit from cochlear implants more than hearing aids

07/06/2022

Keck Medicine of University of Southern California - Health Sciences study demonstrates the need for early cochlear implant use for deaf children, regardless of developmental impairments.
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Photo: Beach wheelchair on the Caribbean beach; Copyright: Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Timo Hermann | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

May 2022: Leisure, sports and travel

27/05/2022

For most people, the thought of water is associated with relaxation. A day at or on the sea, boating, swimming or water sports. But what of this is possible if you are in a wheelchair, for example? We can reveal a few things. Read more in our Topic of the Month!
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Ribcap

Ribcap: A weighted blanket to increase sleep and inclusion

25/05/2022

A good night sleep contributes to a healthy life and a good mood. That is why equipment supporting and improving sleep quality is on the rise. Ribcap now developed a high-quality weighted blanket to increase not only sleep quality but also inclusion. The company targets an underrecognized group: people with different conditions that decrease their sleep quality.
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Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Scientific progress: the Össur and Ottobock Research Trust Fund

18/05/2022

The "Össur and Ottobock Research Trust Fund" offers to support research projects that analyze the applicability of human-machine interfaces for the benefit of prosthesis users and thus further advance research in prosthetics.
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Photo: A female wheelchair user stands on a terrace and smiles sideways at the camera. You can see a green meadow in the background; Copyright: davidpereiras

davidpereiras

Auxiliary means industry: sustainable production, work and life

30/04/2022

The term "sustainability" has been on everyone's lips for some years now. Supermarkets advertise sustainable products, exchange platforms emphasize the sustainability of second-hand clothing, and disposable diapers are frowned upon by many young parents because of the mountains of trash they generate. But what is the actual situation in the medical and auxiliary means industry?
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Photo: a dark-skinned person sits with a bonsai on a sofa, the face is not visible; Copyright: envato/twenty20photos

envato/twenty20photos

April 2022: A new generation and sustainability

28/04/2022

Sustainability is not a luxury that companies can take up for the sake of a better image. It is necessary to implement sustainable goals quickly in order to put a stop to climate change. But what can be done in the assistive technology industry, which often relies on plastic and disposable products? And are startups ahead of established companies here? Read more in the Topic of the Month.
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twinsterphoto

Start-ups in the auxiliary aids industry

28/04/2022

Anyone visiting REHACARE on site will notice numerous small stands in addition to the larger stands of many established companies. Here you can often find new start-ups that want to expand the assistive technology sector with a fresh idea.
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Photo: A woman sitting infront of a Dot Pad, her hand touching the braille surface; Copyright: Dot Incorporation

Dot Incorporation

People with vision impairments: The Dot Pad bridges the information gap

21/04/2022

The new Dot Pad is not only smaller and lighter, but also much cheaper than conventional tactile displays – making them more affordable and accessible for people with vision impairments. Dot Inc makes the online world of images more accessible and aims to improve other areas as well. In our interview the Senior Manager Mergel Takam talks about the advantages and technology behind the Dot Pad.
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PantherMedia / Youzhny

March 2022: Adaptive fashion and care textiles

24/03/2022

When it comes to fashion, tastes differ, but actually everyone attaches importance to clothing that fits well and comfortably! But to find clothes that fit is sometimes not so easy.
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Photo: A sled running on rails in a hall with a dummy sitting on it; Copyright: AMF-Bruns Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

AMF-Bruns Forschungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG

Research and development: crash tests ensure safe design standards

17/03/2022

When it comes to mobility, safety requirements take top priority. To drive research and development in this specific area, the company newly founded a research and development company, which operates separately from the successful car conversion entity. Its competence center for mobile safety opened its doors in 2021 in Apen, Germany.
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Photo: a small model house stands on a construction plan, next to it a few screws and a yardstick; Copyright: PantherMedia / BrunoWeltmann

PantherMedia / BrunoWeltmann

February 2022: Living – accessible and smart

28/02/2022

How does accessible living work? What do you have to pay attention to? These are important questions that young people (should) ask themselves, for example, if they are planning to build a single-family home. Read more about this in the Topic of the Month February.
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Photo: a toilet in white in front of black tiles. To the right and left of it are grab bars; Copyright: PantherMedia/bitpics

PantherMedia/bitpics

Accessible bathrooms: fostering and maintaining greater autonomy and independence

28/02/2022

For most people, the bathroom is their happy place and sanctuary – which is why it is important to remove any barriers for safety, ease, and comfort. Unfortunately, this is not always a given when it comes to people with disabilities. Unless you live in a new building, you may have to remodel bathrooms and toilet rooms to accommodate your special needs.
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Photo: Woman sitting on a Mobili Kit from Benoit Systemes; Copyright: Benoit Systemes

Benoit Systemes

Mobile, more mobile, Mobili Kit: For more mobility into the narrowest corner

22/02/2022

When mobility declines, the step up to a wheelchair can be very costly, both emotionally and organizationally. Benoit Systemes has found a solution here: With the Mobili Kit, you can still make a U-turn in even the smallest hallway – and in your own favorite chair. Tanya Veraksa told us about the advantages of the Mobili Kit and the story behind Benoit Systemes.
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Photo: A technician fine-tuning a prosthetic leg; Copyright: PantherMedia/belahoche

PantherMedia/belahoche

January 2022: Product development in the assistive technology industry

24/01/2022

What does it take to develop a really good auxiliary mean? First-hand feedback – from those who use it regularly! Through those experiences, a company benefits from the knowledge of its customers and can incorporate it into the development of its products. Read more in our Topic of the Month.
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Photo: A technician fine-tuning a prosthetic leg; Copyright: PantherMedia/belahoche

PantherMedia/belahoche

Product development in the assistive technology industry

24/01/2022

What does it take to develop a really good auxiliary mean? First-hand feedback – from those who use it regularly! Through those experiences, a company benefits from the knowledge of its customers and can incorporate it into the development of its products.
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Photo: A researcher explains to a patient where the future prosthesis takes the muscle signals for controlling the prosthesis in his arm; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

New product development takes an interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach

24/01/2022

Business stagnation is never a good thing. It’s the reason assistive technology manufacturers continuously come up with innovative equipment and improve on their existing products. REHACARE.com shows the influence users have on the assistive technology industry and explains the research and development processes in manufacturing companies.
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Photo: A bionic hand touches holographic elements in the air; Copyright: PantherMedia/vitaliy_sokol

PantherMedia/vitaliy_sokol

The future of prosthetics is here thanks to Artificial Intelligence and bionic feedback

31/08/2021

There are many exciting advances in the field of prosthetics. REHACARE.com asked prosthetic manufacturers and experts about the latest medical and technical research in laboratories and discovered how prostheses quite literally learn from the user.
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Photo: A white car with a dented bonnet after a crash test, various individual parts lying in the foreground; Copyright: PantherMedia/chagpg

PantherMedia/chagpg

Development, testing, improvements: making automobility more inclusive and safer

24/01/2021

Many of the latest trends and developments in the assistive technology realm have started and evolved through the automotive industry. Hardly any other sector features research and development departments as big and state-of-the-art as this segment. Whether it’s an in-house test center or a visionary campus – people are hard at work to shape the future of automobility.
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Photo: Mother talking to her daughter sitting at a table opposite her brother; Copyright: Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Andi Weiland | Gesellschaftsbilder.de

Why inclusion is more important than ever amid the coronavirus crisis

25/06/2020

How are families of children with disabilities coping during the coronavirus crisis? A recent online survey asked this question, prompting over 1,600 participants to respond in just two weeks. What do the survey results reveal about the current state of society in terms of social participation and inclusion? We asked Dorothea Kugelmeier and Dr. Raimund Schmolze-Krahn, who launched the study.
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Photo: Prototype of the sensor for a cane; Copyright: Zahout-Heil

Zahout-Heil

SmAccLab: Smart auxiliary means for everyone

28/05/2019

Accessible and realistic – that’s how auxiliary aids should be in the eyes of Professor Carsten Zahout. Students at the Smart Accessibility Laboratory (SmAccLab) are working on technical solutions that fulfill these requirements and lead to increased participation for people with disabilities. REHACARE.com found out how product engineering and inclusion join forces.
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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 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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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: Marcus Rohrbach cuts fruits in kitchen, camera records scenes, computer screen in foreground

MPI-INF/MMeyer

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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